Egyptian actor faces trial for wearing see-through dress

Last Updated: Mon, Dec 03, 2018 13:22 hrs

[USA], Dec 3 (ANI): An Egyptian actor is facing criminal charges for wearing a see-through dress at a red carpet event.

While recently attending the Cairo International Film Festival, Rania Youssef wore a black dress that revealed her legs, for which she received extensive backlash on social media and otherwise.

According to Deadline, the 45-year-old is now set to go on trial on January 12 after a group of lawyers complained about her dress to the Egypt's chief prosecutor. She could reportedly face a possible five-year jail term if convicted.

Youssef took to social media late Saturday to clarify her stance and said she "probably miscalculated" when she chose 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 wrote, adding, "I reaffirm my commitment to the values upon which we were raised in Egyptian society."

Earlier this year, one of the country's most famous singers, Sherine Abdel-Wahab, was sentenced to six months in prison in February for joking about the cleanliness of the River Nile. However, she was acquitted on appeal in May. According to various reports, celebrities in Egypt are being targeted under the authoritarian rule of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.(ANI)