An Egyptian pop singer arrested after eating a banana suggestively while wearing skimpy clothing in her music video has been jailed for two years for ‘inciting debauchery’. Shaimaa Ahmed, better known by her stage name Shyma, appears in the video in her underwear before a classroom of young men.
The blackboard behind her has ‘Class #69’ written on it, and she proceeds to suggestively eat an apple and a banana and pour milk over the fruit.
The video to her song I Have Issues created a stir on social media in conservative Egypt and was discussed on TV talk shows.
Prosecutors ordered the 25-year-old to be detained over the racy video clip following a flurry of complaints.
But an Egyptian court has since jailed the little-known singer for two years on for inciting debauchery, judicial sources said.
The singer, who was fined 10,000 Egyptian pounds ($560), can appeal the verdict to a higher court.
The director of the video was also fined and sentenced to two years in prison, but in absentia. Both defendants were accused of inciting debauchery and producing a video harming public morality.