Egyptian actress Rania Youssef is facing accusations of indecent exposure for wearing a see-through dress.
Rabat – Youssef wore the transparent dress at Cairo Film Festival, exposing her legs and part of her buttocks. Many conservative Egyptians have expressed outrage. Others, however, have spoken in support of Youssef’s freedom dress as she sees fit.
A judicial source told AFP that “Youssef maybe imprisoned for up to 5 years, if convicted.”
Meanwhile, the 44-old-actress apologized and said that she wouldn’t wear the dress if she knew it would provoke a controversy.
Two Egyptian attorneys, Amro Abdelsalam and Samir Sabri, have filled a complaint against Youssef. They are infamous for filing lawsuits against celebrities.
Sabri told AFP that Youssef’s dress does not conform with the Egyptian society’s principles, traditions, and moral values. He argued that the celebrity’s disregard for Egypt’s traditional dressing codes negatively reflected on the reputation of the Cairo Film Festival and Egyptian women in particular.
The Egyptian Actors’ Syndicate also criticized the “appearance of some of the guests,” which it said “undermined the festival and the union”.
“It was the first time that I wore it and I did not realize it would spark so much anger,” Youssef posted on her Twitter account.
She reaffirmed her commitment to the Egyptian values and morals she grew up with.
Last year an Egyptian court jailed singer Shaimaa Ahmed for two years. The singer was suedfor appearing in a music video in her underwear while suggestively eating a banana. The sentence was later reduced to a year.