Iranian actresses told to cover up when abroad
IRAN has imposed travel bans on actresses who have violated the Islamic regime's strict dress code when appearing at international award ceremonies, the country's chief prosecutor has said.
The announcement from Gholam Hossein Mohseni-Ejei, the attorney general, represents a stern warning to the small but growing band of Iranian female film stars that their careers can be derailed if they do not wear the hijab when abroad.
While Mr Mohseni-Ejei did not name specific actresses, his comments came in answer to journalists' questions apparently referring to Leila Hatami, who stars in the film 'A Separation', and was pictured at Cannes in May.
At a press conference, Mr Mohseni-Ejei said: "A few people are banned from leaving the country. These people have been invited abroad to take part in a ceremony and under the pretext of receiving an award. Then they have been ensnared in certain people's traps.
"Those people, after taking pictures of their baits, forced them to undertake activities and based on the photographs, they have blackmailed their victims and taken them to a place where they shouldn't.
"Of course, some of these people, after returning to Iran, are banned from leaving the country."
Hatami was criticised by Iran's deputy police chief, Bahman Kargar, for her attire at the Cannes film festival, where she was presenting awards.
Although wearing a headscarf and a long-skirt, the actress was pictured with full make-up and her neck exposed.
It is not clear if the ban will apply to Hatami. ( © Daily Telegraph, London)