This photo taken on Nov. 29, 2018 shows Egyptian actress Rania Youssef on the red carpet of the Cairo International Film Festival. The actress facing trial on public obscenity charges for wearing a revealing dress says she didn't mean to offend anyone and appealed to her detractors to believe in her good intentions.(AP Photo/Suheil Saleh)

Egyptian actress questioned over revealing dress at gala

December 05, 2018 - 8:21 am

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian actress' lawyer says prosecutors questioned her for at least four hours on accusations of public obscenity over a revealing dress she wore to a cinema gala.

Rania Youssef was allowed to go free after Wednesday's questioning, pending the completion of the investigation.

Her lawyer, Shaban Said, says she still faces trial on Jan. 12, a date set by court.

The initial complaint against her was filed by a group of lawyers but they withdrew their complaint on Tuesday.

Last Thursday, Youssef wore a long black dress, its see-through skirt revealing her legs in their entirety, for the closing ceremony of a Cairo film festival.

Images of her wearing the dress were widely shared on social media in Muslim-majority Egypt, where ostensibly secular authorities often side with religious conservatives.

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