Egyptian Actress Faces Jail Term for Wearing ‘Revealing’ Dress

Egyptian actress Rania Youssef has landed in hot water for wearing a black, lacy, transparent outfit that exposed most of her legs.

Her bold fashion move has angered many in the majority Muslim nation, although some opine she has a right to wear what she wants.

According to reports, Ms Youssef wore a revealing dress at the Cairo Film Festival and has been charged of “inciting debauchery.”

A judicial source said she could serve five years if she is found guilty – though she apologised and said she would not have worn the dress if she had known it will cause such contention.

She was sued by two lawyers Amro Abelsalam and Samir Sabri who are well known for taking celebrities to court.

One of the lawyers Mr Sabri said her 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.”

The Egyptian Actors’ Syndicate also criticised the “appearance of some of the guests”, which it said “undermined the festival and the union”.

The actress via a social media post said she had “probably miscalculated” in choosing to wear the dress.

“It was the first time that I wore it and I did not realise it would spark so much anger,” she said.

“I reaffirm my commitment to the values upon which we were raised in Egyptian society,” she added.

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