Reporter slapped by Omar al-Sharif is pursuing legal action against him


The woman that the prominent Egyptian actor Omar al-Sharif slapped at the Doha Tribeca Festival in Qatar is pursuing legal action against him.

Aisha al-Douri, a correspondent working for the U.S.-owned al-Hurra TV channel, said in a phone interview aired in Dream Two, an Egyptian TV channel, that she was shocked when she received the slap from the famed actor, and that she tried hard to keep herself composed during the incident.

The 79-year-old actor – who was nominated for an Oscar in 1962 for his role in “Lawrence of Arabia” – lashed out at the woman in Arabic, telling her: “My dear!” “I told you come back later! I just said that and you’re standing here. Put something in your brain!”

Moments later, Sharif turned and said “sorry” before the woman smiled and posed with him for a photo as if nothing had happened.

At first it was not clear from the video if Sharif’s hand came in contact with the woman’s face, but one reporter who was at the scene tweeted: “Omar Sharif just hit a woman. Very stupidly, in front of a camera.”

Douri also expressed her frustration at the Doha festival administration and accused them of ignoring the incident so as to avoid controversy.

She said that the administration asked her to sign a paper stating that Sharif did not exactly slap her and recommended that she should tell the audience that it looked like a slap but was not.

People in the blogsphere blamed Sharif for slapping the woman, but also blamed the reporter for keeping quiet.

She also said that she came to the festival as a reporter and not as a fan.