An Egyptian actress who wore a revealing dress to the Cairo Film Festival is to go on trial on charges of promoting immorality. Rania Youssef appeared in a lacy, black, see-through outfit that exposed most of her legs, outraging many Egyptians, though some said she should be able to wear what she wanted.
In a statement on her Twitter account, Rania Youssef apologized to families she may have angered by her outfit choice. The 44-year-old said she would not have worn the dress if she had known it would cause such controversy.
The charges were brought by two lawyers Amro Abdelsalam and Samir Sabri, who are known for taking celebrities to court. Sabri said 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.
In a social media post, the actress said she had “probably miscalculated” in choosing to wear the dress. A judicial source said she could be jailed for up to five years if found guilty.