Egyptian Actress Charged for Wearing Revealing Dress to Film Festival

Egyptian actress Rania Youssef has been charged with “inciting debauchery” for wearing a dress with a see-through skirt to the Cairo Film Festival. If found guilty, Youssef could face up to five years in prison. Youssef appeared in a lacy, black dress that exposed most of her legs, outraging many Egyptians. The 44-year-old actress has apologized and said she would not have worn the dress if she had known it would cause such controversy. In a social media post Youssef said she reaffirms her “commitment to the values upon which we were raised in Egyptian society.” The charges were brought by two lawyers who are known for taking celebrities to court. One of the lawyers, Samir 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.”