Egypt singer detained over racy music video — judiciary

Leila Amer’s arrest for sensual music clip comes two months after another singer was sentenced to a year in jail

Still from Leila Amer's music video for the song 'Boss Oumek,' released December 2017. (Screen capture: YouTube)
Still from Leila Amer's music video for the song 'Boss Oumek,' released December 2017. (Screen capture: YouTube)

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.

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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.

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