CAIRO, Egypt — Prosecutors in Egypt have detained a female singer for four days for “incitement to debauchery” after an online video clip sparked controversy, a judicial source said on Tuesday.
Leila Amer appeared at the end of December in a music video called “Boss Omek” (“Look at your mother”) which includes sensual bellydancing and suggestive gestures.
Musicians’ union president Hany Shaker, a male singer known for his conservative views, last week announced on the private channel Dream TV that Amer had been expelled from the union.
Her case comes less than a month after another female pop singer was sentenced to two years in prison for “inciting debauchery” over a racy video.
Shyma appeared in a mock classroom licking an apple and appearing to mimic fellatio on a banana in front of a chalkboard scrawled with “Class #69.”
On Monday her sentence was reduced on appeal to a year in jail.