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IRAN: Sex footage leaves actress fighting to save honour
The Scotsman ^ | November 10, 2006 | MICHAEL THEODOULOU

Posted on 11/09/2006 11:13:45 PM PST by MadIvan

HOLLYWOOD starlets who regret topless appearances in B-list films made before they hit the big time should spare a pitying thought for their Iranian counterparts - who risk far more than mere embarrassment.

In a scandal now gripping the conservative Islamic country, police are investigating a private film circulating on the black market that purports to show a rising young soap star making love to her boyfriend.

The woman is being investigated for a suspected breach of the country's morality laws that prohibit sex outside marriage. Lashing is the penalty.

Her alleged partner in the footage, which has spread across the internet, is suspected of distributing the material illegally and could be jailed for a year. He is understood to have fled to nearby Dubai, home to a large Iranian expatriate community.

The distraught starlet, identified as Zahra Amir Ebrahimi, who is in her twenties, has strenuously denied being the woman in the grainy film. But her reputation has been built on playing wise and morally admirable characters. At the very least, her career could be destroyed by the scandal that has titillated a public unused to salacious gossip about celebrities - but not lacking an appetite for it.

The actress has denounced the events as an "immoral campaign" and spoke of "unjust and dishonourable accusations aimed at trampling over the honour of a woman".

She also reassured fans there was no truth to rumours she had attempted suicide because of the scandal. "I just want to tell my country's people that I am alive," she told the semi-official Ilna news agency. "I should think of Iranian women's strength and defend the respect for the girls and women of my nation."

Police have put a ban on naming anyone involved in the film, but photographs of the actress have been splashed across the front pages of the press, connecting her with the sex scenes.

In the newspaper pictures she appears demure in a headscarf, which is also compulsory in Iranian state television productions, where strict Islamic rules do not even allow the slightest touching between unrelated or unmarried men and women.

The sex film is thought to be two years old, but surfaced as a CD-ROM and on some websites last month. The scandal has become so prominent that Tehran's hard-line chief prosecutor, Saeed Mortazavi, is personally handling the case.

"A full report and a copy of the film have been sent to the prosecutor ... the results will be announced after the inquiry," a judiciary official said.

Mr Mortazavi has ordered the arrest of the man in the film, who is now a fugitive. "If the man is caught we will jail him for at least six months, up to a year," a judiciary official said.

According to Iran's Islamic law, any person convicted of encouraging prostitution, harming people's privacy or public morality faces jail. Any sexual relationship outside marriage is also illegal and is punishable by lashing. The penalty can be worse if adultery is involved.

An Iranian woman was stoned to death in 2001 after being convicted of "corruption on earth" and adultery for participating in a home-made pornographic film. Detectives examining that film tracked the woman down by reading the number on the electricity meter in the room.

• An Argentine judge ordered international arrest warrants yesterday for the former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and eight others over the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community centre in Buenos Aires in which 85 died. The Iranian government has been accused of masterminding the attack.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: actress; akbarrafsanjani; argentina; buenosaires; iran; lashing; punishment; rafsanjani; saeedmortazavi; sexfilm; slut; zahraebrahimi
Ouch!

Regards, Ivan

1 posted on 11/09/2006 11:13:48 PM PST by MadIvan
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To: MadIvan

Pix? ;)


2 posted on 11/09/2006 11:14:35 PM PST by TheBigB (Do you think "Lady in the Water" is in Ted Kennedy's NetFlix queue?)
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To: MadIvan
No 'Borat' responses yet.
3 posted on 11/09/2006 11:16:54 PM PST by kinoxi
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To: MadIvan

I simply shocked that they even have soap operas in Iran. I guess the mullahs haven't figured out a way to get rid of such things yet.


4 posted on 11/09/2006 11:18:36 PM PST by marsh_of_mists
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To: Mrs Ivan; odds; DCPatriot; Deetes; Barset; fanfan; LadyofShalott; Tolik; mtngrl@vrwc; ...

Ping!


5 posted on 11/09/2006 11:18:47 PM PST by MadIvan (I aim to misbehave.)
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To: TheBigB

Regards, Ivan

6 posted on 11/09/2006 11:19:50 PM PST by MadIvan (I aim to misbehave.)
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To: marsh_of_mists

But I wonder, how can you tell one actress from another? Color-coded chadors?


7 posted on 11/09/2006 11:21:54 PM PST by marsh_of_mists
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To: MadIvan

8 posted on 11/09/2006 11:28:53 PM PST by Arnold Zephel
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To: TheBigB
This isn't the one they're upset about but, here's what shee looks like:

I believe that on the tape in question, she removes her headscarf. ;-)

9 posted on 11/09/2006 11:29:56 PM PST by Reaganesque
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To: MadIvan
The sex film is thought to be two years old, but surfaced as a CD-ROM and on some websites last month. The scandal has become so prominent that Tehran's hard-line chief prosecutor, Saeed Mortazavi, is personally handling the case.

I tried hard not to giggle like Beavis... seriously i did - but he is personally handling the sex film, no doubt watching it over and over again looking for evidence. huhuh... huh... huh...

Just kidding Mortazavi - I'm not interesting in going to Evin Prison.

10 posted on 11/09/2006 11:31:21 PM PST by humint (...err the least and endure! --- VDH)
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To: MadIvan

Dare I ask for pics?


11 posted on 11/09/2006 11:32:59 PM PST by zbigreddogz
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To: MadIvan
"A full report and a copy of the film have been sent to the prosecutor ... the results will be announced after the inquiry messy sheets, wrist injury and a blind prosecutor.
12 posted on 11/09/2006 11:35:14 PM PST by milemark (Neo Infidel)
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To: kinoxi

LMAO!!!


13 posted on 11/09/2006 11:35:25 PM PST by xc1427 (It's better to die on your feet than to live on your knees...Midnight Oil (Power and the Passion))
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To: xc1427

You like a yes?


14 posted on 11/09/2006 11:36:01 PM PST by kinoxi
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To: zbigreddogz

Dare, I say!!!


15 posted on 11/09/2006 11:36:20 PM PST by xc1427 (It's better to die on your feet than to live on your knees...Midnight Oil (Power and the Passion))
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To: kinoxi

"Is very nice! We like it! We invite actress to be in our moviefilms."

Regards, Ivan

16 posted on 11/09/2006 11:39:21 PM PST by MadIvan (I aim to misbehave.)
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To: MadIvan

I'm sure she'll recieve the normal punishment from the mullahs.

Hanged from a construction crane.


17 posted on 11/09/2006 11:39:38 PM PST by Proud_USA_Republican (We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good. - Hillary Clinton)
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To: Proud_USA_Republican
Let them kill each other,
I say.

MaxMax.

18 posted on 11/09/2006 11:42:30 PM PST by MaxMax (God Bless America)
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To: MadIvan

:) LOL


19 posted on 11/09/2006 11:42:30 PM PST by kinoxi
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To: MadIvan
The scandal has become so prominent that Tehran's hard-line chief prosecutor, Saeed Mortazavi, is personally handling the case watching the films.
20 posted on 11/09/2006 11:44:39 PM PST by Bon mots
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To: MadIvan



These savages say they need nukes.
21 posted on 11/09/2006 11:49:42 PM PST by Bon mots
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To: MadIvan

Speakers Up!

http://www.glumbert.com/media/rave


22 posted on 11/09/2006 11:54:44 PM PST by Fred Nerks ("Illegitimi non carborundum",)
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To: MadIvan; P-Marlowe
• An Argentine judge ordered international arrest warrants yesterday for the former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and eight others over the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community centre in Buenos Aires in which 85 died. The Iranian government has been accused of masterminding the attack.

Fascinating bit of info to put at the end of an Iranian "sex scandal."

One would expect this to be headlines in international news.

23 posted on 11/10/2006 12:01:55 AM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and proud of it! Supporting our troops means praying for them to WIN!)
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To: MadIvan; All
Detectives examining that film tracked the woman down by reading the number on the electricity meter in the room.

Whoa! That's almost as disturbing as it is impressive.

Let's assume for a moment that she did it and isn't "innocent" of the claims. She's an actress, she would likely have known the consequences and seemingly was willingly involved in videotaping.

I can just see it now, the multiculturalists and radical feminists will be decrying the rule of law in Iran. Folks will scream it's just about sex.

They'll be attacking the method of punishment as a human rights abuse like they did for that jackass student Michael Fay who got caned in Singapore for vandalizing several cars.

And what will this mean? It'll be the West trying to shove its morality down the throat of Iran which is exactly what the Left claims is the reason behind the terrorist's grievance with America. Will they admit to such hypocrisy? Not a chance.

24 posted on 11/10/2006 12:02:25 AM PST by newzjunkey (I blame Bush.)
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To: xzins
You would think that would warrant its own story. Instead it's a completely non-sequitur in a story about an actress's sex-tape.

Add that to the media bias and Bizarro World evidence piles.

25 posted on 11/10/2006 12:04:41 AM PST by newzjunkey (I blame Bush.)
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To: MadIvan

I thought this was about Britney Spears and her lawsuit!


26 posted on 11/10/2006 12:15:42 AM PST by Lucius Cornelius Sulla (I went down in 1964 for Barry Goldwater with all flags flying! This is just a blip!)
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To: newzjunkey

What do you think should happen?


27 posted on 11/10/2006 12:18:17 AM PST by kinoxi
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To: MadIvan

Yikes.


28 posted on 11/10/2006 12:39:06 AM PST by Mrs Ivan (English, and damned proud of it.)
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To: newzjunkey
I can just see it now, the multiculturalists and radical feminists will be decrying the rule of law in Iran.

I would like to see the Council of Guardians dealt with in the manner of Mussolini and Ceausescu. That would be a close enough approximation to the rule of law in Iran.

29 posted on 11/10/2006 12:48:15 AM PST by cynwoody
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To: Reaganesque
I believe that on the tape in question, she removes her headscarf.

Be still, my heart!

30 posted on 11/10/2006 3:17:14 AM PST by Mad Dawg (Now we are all Massoud)
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To: newzjunkey
Whoa! That's almost as disturbing as it is impressive.

I thought the film was 'grainy'?

31 posted on 11/10/2006 4:26:41 AM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going....)
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To: MadIvan

Stupid woman allows video. Boyfriend kills her to make it public.


32 posted on 11/10/2006 5:33:56 AM PST by GVnana (Former Alias: GVgirl)
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