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Egyptian actress Zeina charged with assaulting girl, 12, over Dubai hotel row

The celebrity and her sister are accused of assaulting the girl and her parents at Atlantis The Palm

Egyptian actress Zeina has been charged with assaulting a 12-year-old girl in connection with an alleged altercation at Atlantis The Palm in Dubai.
Egyptian actress Zeina has been charged with assaulting a 12-year-old girl in connection with an alleged altercation at Atlantis The Palm in Dubai.

An actress has been charged with assaulting a girl, 12, after a row with a family at a five-star hotel in Dubai.

Egyptian celebrity Zeina, 38, and her sister, 41, have already appeared in court accused of attacking an Arab-American husband and wife at Atlantis the Palm on June 29 of last year.

Zeina now faces a further charge of assaulting their daughter.

An altercation allegedly took place after Zeina accused the couple's daughter of taking photos of her without permission.

According to court records, the celebrity and her sister also screamed at the tourists using “very strong language”.

Police were called and all involved were taken to Al Barsha police station.

At Dubai Court of Misdemeanours in January, the celebrity and her sister denied physically assaulting and insulting the couple.

During the previous hearing, the man denied a counter charge of physically assaulting the actress. His wife is also charged with physical assault.

The case was brought back to court in March, with the actress's lawyer, Mahmoud Azab, requesting the girl be charged with breaching the privacy of his client.

A counter request to charge Zeina with physically assaulting the girl and traumatising her was made by Awatif Mohammed, from Al Rowaad Advocates, representing the family.

A breach of privacy charge against the girl was ruled out after a technical report confirmed that neither the girl’s mobile phone nor her mother’s contained any images or recordings of the actress.

But a charge of assault on the girl by Zeina has now been laid at court.

The case will be back in court on May 6.

Updated: April 16, 2019 10:48 AM

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