Egyptian singer Shyma has been arrested on suspicion of incitement to debauchery over her new video for song Andy Zoroof (I Have Problems), which authorities considered to be too daring and suggestive.
If convicted, the singer faces a
one-year prison sentence, and in the mean time she is being held in custody.
At a court hearing where the singer's detention was extended by a further seven days, the singer stated she didn't know her video would cause such controversy and was
acting according to the video director's requests.
Additionally, the Music Syndicate have decided to withdraw the singer's annual license, leaving her unable to perform and earn a living as a singer. The union also claimed that her video was
pornographic and harmed the values of community and ethics.
The video, which sparked outrage in the country, features the singer in a classroom in front of male students licking an apple and slowly unpeeling a banana, eating it and pouring milk on
it, and worst of all, pulling her bra strap off her shoulder.
Update: Jailed for 2 years
13th December 2017 See
article from theguardian.com
Shyma has now been sentenced to two years in prison for
inciting debauchery in a racy music video clip. She was also fined 10,000 pounds (£420) by a Cairo court.
The director of the clip, Mohamed Gamal, received the same sentence. Both can appeal against the ruling.