Egyptian actress questioned over revealing dress at gala

CAIRO — An Egyptian actress’s lawyer said prosecutors questioned her for at least four hours on accusations of public obscenity over a revealing dress she wore to a cinema gala.

Rania Youssef was allowed to go free after Wednesday’s questioning, pending the completion of the investigation.

Her lawyer, Shaban Said, said she still faces trial on Jan. 12.


The initial complaint against her was filed by a group of lawyers but they withdrew it on Tuesday.

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Last Thursday, Youssef wore a long black dress, its see-through skirt revealing her legs in their entirety, for the closing ceremony of a
Cairo film festival.

Images of her wearing the dress were widely shared on social media in Muslim-majority Egypt, where ostensibly secular authorities often side with religious conservatives.

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