December 1, 2018 / 2:22 PM / 9 days ago

Egyptian film star charged with 'inciting immorality' for wearing see-through dress

Egyptian actor Rania Youssef attends the closing ceremony of the 40th edition of the Cairo International Film Festival at the Opera House in Cairo, Egypt November 29, 2018. REUTERS/Mohamed Soliman

CAIRO (Reuters) - 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.

Reporting by Sami Aboudi and Ahmed Tolba; Writing by Sami Aboudi and Nadine Awadalla

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