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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 13 December 2018

Egyptian film star charged over see-through dress

The Egyptian actress is to go on trial on charges of "inciting debauchery"

Egyptian actress Rania Youssef poses on the red carpet at the closing ceremony of the 40th Cairo International Film Festival. AFP
Egyptian actress Rania Youssef poses on the red carpet at the closing ceremony of the 40th Cairo International Film Festival. AFP

An Egyptian film star faces trial next month for promoting immorality after attending the Cairo Film Festival in a see-through dress, state-owned online newspaper Al Ahram Gate reported on Saturday.

In a statement on her Twitter account, Rania Youssef apologised to families she may have angered by her outfit choice and said she did not expect it would cause so much anger.

"I would like to apologise again, as an actress with good and positive credit with my fans, and I hope everyone can understand that I had good intentions and did not wish to anger anyone," Youssef wrote.

The actress turned heads at the closing ceremony of the festival on Thursday when she appeared in a lacy black dress.

The pictures of the 44-year-old star left social media users divided, with some calling her names and other defending her right to wear what she wants.

"This dress and design is called 'I forgot my trousers while going to be honoured," wrote one Twitter user.

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