Leila Hatami arrives at the Cannes Film Festival.
Update: May 22: Leila Hatami has been reported to Iran’s Judiciary by Hizbullah students who are tied to the Revolutionary Guard for the red carpet cheek kiss she gave a Festival president.
In addition to a red carpet cheek kiss, the crown of her hair was illegally exposed.
The students sent a petition:
“We, the undersigned, who are a group of student Muslim brothers and sisters, ask the cultural and media branch of the judiciary to prosecute Leyla Hatami for her sinful act of kissing a strange man in public, which according to article 638 of Islamic Criminal Justice carries a prison sentence,” the petition read.
“Furthermore, the action of this film star has hurt the religious sentiments of the proud and martyrs breeding nation of Iran and as such we also demand the punishment of flogging for her as stipulated in the law.”
She could receive 50 lashes.
The Forbidden Kiss
Original Story: May 19: An Iranian film star, Leila Hatami, is in Cannes to serve as a judge in the festival. When Gilles Jacob, the festival’s president, kissed her on the cheek and she responded as is the custom, the Iranian Deputy Culture Minister Hossein Noushabadi was appalled at her unchaste behavior.
“Those who attend intentional events should take heed of the credibility and chastity of Iranians, so that a bad image of Iranian women will not be demonstrated to the world,” Deputy Culture Minister Hossein Noushabadi said, quoted by the website of state broadcaster IRIB.
“Iranian woman is the symbol of chastity and innocence,” he said. Hatami’s “inappropriate presence” at the festival was “not in line with our religious beliefs.”
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Jacob tried to quell the furor by explaining it was a custom.
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Full story: al arabiya