Egyptian actress, Rania Youssef has been sued for wearing a revealing dress and could face five years in prison for showing skin at a film festival.
She attended the closing event for the 40th Cairo International Film festival Nov. 29 in a glamorous black ensemble.
The actress wore a black,lacy, transparent outfit that exposed most of her legs, to the displeasure of many Egyptians.
Multiple lawyers have filed a lawsuit against the 44-year-old accusing the actress of “inciting debauchery.” If convicted, she could face up to five years in jail, according to AFP.
According to The Telegraph, lawyers accused her of committing an obscene act in public, “inciting debauchery and temptation,” and “spreading vice in ways that violate established norms in Egyptian society.”
The Egyptian Actors’ Syndicate commented on the dress without naming Youssef.
“The appearance of some of the festival’s guests did not agree with the traditions and values of the society, and this has undermined the festival and the union which is responsible for its members behavior,” it said in a statement to AFP.
On Saturday, she apologized on social media to the “many angered” by her appearance.
“I probably miscalculated when I chose to wear this dress,” she wrote. “It was the first time that I wore it and I did not realize it would spark so much anger,” the actress added. “I reaffirm my commitment to the values upon which we were raised in Egyptian society.”
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