Image copyright AFP Image caption Ms Youssef says she "probably miscalculated" in wearing the dress An Egyptian actress who wore a revealing dress to the Cairo Film Festival is to go on trial on charges of "inciting debauchery", reports say.
Egyptian actress Rania Youssef will face trial next month after being charged with public obscenity for wearing a partially see-through dress to a film festival in Cairo, according to the Associated Press.
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According to Samer Al-Atrush, trials of this sort are “fairly common” and “usually stem from complaints by prudish or attention seeking lawyers.
#Egyptian actress Rania Youssef will stand trial in January for “inciting immorality” because of this dress. I can think of a million more things more “immoral” in #Egypt. e.g: When will Sisi & his officers stand trial for the massacre of a 1000 in 2013?
Youssef’s trial is scheduled to begin on January 12 and, if convicted, the actress faces up to five years in prison.
Last year an Egyptian court jailed singer Shaimaa Ahmed for two years - later reduced to a year - for appearing in a music video in her underwear while suggestively eating a banana.
Following a complaint from a group of Egyptian lawyers, she has been charged with inciting “immorality and promoting vice” as well as committing an obscene act, “inciting debauchery and temptation,” and “spreading vice in ways that violate established norms in Egyptian society,” according to the Telegraph.
Ms Youssef's appearance "did not meet societal values, traditions and morals and therefore undermined the reputation of the festival and the reputation of Egyptian women in particular", Mr Sabri told AFP.
Also Read: Blacklisted No More: Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino Walk the Oscars Red Carpet Together (Photos) Youssef released the following statement on her Facebook page: Also Read: Nashville Christmas Parade Funder Threatens Legal Action Over Kid Rock's Ouster as Grand Marshal (Video) Here is a rough translation of Youssef’s statement, courtesy of Facebook’s translate tool: In Respect of the feelings of every Egyptian family that pissed off the dress I wore at the Cairo International Film Festival, I would like to emphasize that I did not mean to appear in a way that was infuriating and angry by many For the first time, I didn’t expect it to raise all this anger And the opinions of fashion designers and fashion specialists often affect the choice of clothing decisions, and they may have taken into account that we are And I wasn’t expecting everything that happened, and if I knew why I wore the Here, I reiterate that we hold on to the values and morality that we have been raised in the Egyptian Society, which has been, and If I am proud to be an artist with a good and positive balance in my audience, I wish everyone to understand my good faith and not want to upset anyone, and if God wants I I also cherish the fact that the union of artists and its role are being protected and protected for values and their defence of art and artists.
The Egyptian Actors' Syndicate also criticised the "appearance of some of the guests", which it said "undermined the festival and the union".