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DUBAI – Egyptian actress Zeina has denied allegations that she assaulted an American family during a visit to Dubai.
According to reports, the actress and her sister were reportedly caught on camera on June 29 attacking the tourist, his wife and 11-year-old daughter at the Atlantis.
Both parties were taken to Al Barsha police station, where police reportedly charged both parties with assault.
The actress denied the allegation.
In a statement on her Facebook page, the actress said she was at a restaurant in Atlantis hotel when she noticed someone filming her.
“Although [filming someone without consent] is a crime in the UAE since it invades privacy, I respectfully requested the family to stop filming me, but I was surprised when they insulted my sister and I in a very exaggerated reaction,” the actress said.
She said that she reported the incident to the police and requested that the recorded footage be confiscated.
“The other party was actually detained an entire night for investigation and an order was issued to prohibit them from leaving the country until investigations are over,” she said.
The 47-year-old American tourist reported that the actress assaulted his wife and daughter after Zeian thought the girl was filming her without consent.
He told the police he had heard the actress screaming at his daughter in Arabic. “I didn’t know who she was, so I approached her to see what was going on and to also tell her that my daughter didn’t speak Arabic,” he said.
“I then told her it was inappropriate to yell like that in public, but she shifted to English and cursed us all,” the tourist alleged.
He also said that the actress, her sister and a third woman “attacked the family”.
“She bit my wife, then attacked my daughter and scratched her before snatching the phone out of her hand and breaking it. Her sister bit me in the shoulder, too,” the tourist said. JHQ/Expat media
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