A celebrity actress from Iran Zahra Amir Ebrahimi faces jail and possible public lashing after a video tape allegedlyshowing her having sex with a boyfriend became publicly available in the internet.
Moral laws are very strict in Islam and Iran's parliament voted in favor of a bill "that could lead to death penalty for persons convicted of working in the production of pornographic movies," reports AP.
It is believed the the sex video tape of Zahra Amir Ebrahimi that was leaked to the internet and later released on a black market DVD had prompted this parliament bill.
In an interview to The Guardian, Ebrahimi in early 2007 had denied that she is the women in the tape.
Zahra Amir Ebrahimi is one of the most popular actresses in Iran.
The actress is well known in Iran for her role in the popular Iranian soap opera Narges, as a pious young woman.
In 2006, Ebrahimi became the centre of an Iranian sex tape scandal when a videotape of a woman having sex with a man was leaked to the internet and released on DVD. She subsequently became the subject of an official investigation handled by Tehran's hard-line chief prosecutor, Saeed Mortazavi, and may face fines, public lashing or worse for her violation of Iran's morality laws.
The unnamed man on the tape, who is suspected of releasing it, reportedly fled to Armenia but was subsequently returned to Iran and charged with breach of public morality laws.
In an exclusive interview with the Guardian, Zahra Amir Ebrahimi denied being the woman in the film and dismissed it as a fake made by a vengeful former fiancÃ© who used studio techniques to form a montage of incriminating images designed to destroy her career.
Rumors of an attempted suicide were also denied by Zahra with a public message: "I just want to tell my country's people I am alive. I am thinking about the strength of Iranian women and will defend the respect of the girls and women of my nation." - Source: HULIQ, AP and Wikipedia Compiled.
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