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2 women add their names to lawsuit involving rabbi

WASHINGTON — Two women have joined a lawsuit saying they were sexually exploited by a rabbi accused of secretly videotaping women in a Jewish ritual bath.

The civil lawsuit was filed in early December in D.C. Superior Court and seeks class action status. On Thursday, two women joined the lawsuit, which was originally filed on behalf of a Georgetown University law student.

The rabbi the women say they were exploited by, Barry Freundel, was arrested in October and is charged with voyeurism for allegedly placing a hidden camera in the shower area of a ritual bath, called a mikvah.

The lawsuit says Georgetown, the synagogue where Freundel was a rabbi and the mikvah ignored “red flags” he was acting improperly. The lawsuit also now includes the Rabbinical Council of America.

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