Egypt: Actress accused of ‘public indecency’ and ‘contempt of religion’

21 January 2021
Egyptian actress Rania Youssef could be jailed for five years if convicted of "inciting debauchery" with her revealing dress on the red carpet.
Photo: Rania Youssef at the Cairo International Film Festival / Ferkesh TV


14 January 2021: The Qasr Al-Nil Misdemeanour Court has set the first session of actress Rania Youssef’s trial on 21 February 2021. Youssef is accused of committing the crime of public indecency and contempt of religion, after a complaint against her was filed in December 2020, reported MTV.

The complaint relates to the actress’s interview, during which she stated that she has a “distinctive butt” and later criticised the Hijab.

Youssef is accused of violating Articles 80D, 98/2, 102, 161, 176, and 188 of the Penal Code, and committing the crime of “encroaching on family values” punishable by Article 25 of the Anti-Cybercrime Law No. 175 of 2018.



5 December 2018

UPDATE: Lawyers drop charges against actress for wearing a revealing dress

Three lawyers have dropped their legal action against Egyptian actress Rania Youssef, who they had accused of “public obscenity” and “inciting debauchery” for wearing a see-through dress, after the actress’s public apology, reported local daily newspaper El Watan News.

In a statement on 3 December, lawyers Amr Abdel Salam, Hamido Jameel Al-Prince and Wahid Al-Kilani said they have decided to “waive legal measures”.

“First, when we took legal action against the artist Rania Youssef, this was not for the purpose of personal gains or benefits, nor was it intended to deprive her person, but was out of concern for public order and ethics and sensing the danger facing the Egyptian society as a result of that incident, committed by a popular public figure with an audience that will try to imitate them, which may lead to the spread of chaos and the violation of standards of values ​​and ethics,” they said.

Read the full statement here, via Huffpost.


3 December 2018

Egyptian actress Rania Youssef will face trial in January 2019, accused of “inciting debauchery” for wearing a revealing dress at the Cairo International Film Festival on 29 November 2018, AFP reported.

If convicted of the charge, she could be jailed for five years.

Two lawyers, Amro Abdelsalam and Samir Sabri, lodged a lawsuit against her. Sabri told AFP that 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”.

The lawyers weren’t the only people to criticise Youssef’s choice of clothing. In a statement, the Egyptian Actors’ Syndicate said, “The appearance of some of the festival’s guests did not agree with the traditions and values of the society, and this has undermined the festival and the union which is responsible for its members behaviour.”

Youssef posted an apology on social media on 1 December, saying she didn’t expect her dress to raise so much anger.

“I wish everyone to understand my good faith and I do not want to upset anyone,” she said on Facebook.

Her trial is scheduled to begin on 12 January 2019. 

بيان وتوضيح :احتراماً لمشاعر كل أسرة مصرية أغضبها الفستان الذى ارتديته فى حفل ختام مهرجان القاهرة السينمائى الدولى أود…

Posted by ‎رانيا يوسف‎ on Saturday, December 1, 2018

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