Two lawyers known for going after celebrities are targeting Egyptian actress Rania Youssef.
The actress wore the dress above to the closing ceremony of the 40th edition of the Cairo International Film Festival on Thursday, Nov. 29. Her lacy, black, see-through outfit reportedly sparked outrage among the people of Egypt, although some defended her.
Lawyers Amro Abdelsalam and Samir Sabri, who are known to target celebrities, are taking Youssef to court on charges of “inciting debauchery,” according to BBC. She could face up to five years in jail if found guilty.
Ms 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”, Mr. Sabri told AFP.
Youssef, 44, apologized for wearing the outfit and said she did not realize it would cause such controversy.
“It was the first time that I wore it and I did not realize it would spark so much anger,” she tweeted. “I reaffirm my commitment to the values upon which we were raised in Egyptian society.”
This is not the first time an Egyptian entertainer has faced legal repercussions for their wardrobe.