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Famous dentist sentenced to 16 years in prison for sexually harassing male patients

Cairo Criminal Court has sentenced a famous dentist who harassed his patients to 16 years in prison.

Egypt’s Interior Ministry announced in January the arrest of well-known dentist Bassem Samir, on charges of sexual harassment and misconduct against male patients and visitors to his clinic.

Several patients and artists have brought forth claims of sexual harassment and extortion against the dentist, including actor/screenwriter Abbas Aboul Hassan and singer/songwriter Tameem Youness.

Aboul Hassan said that he was one of the parties to entrap the dentist, who has allegedly harassed men and youth for more than 30 years.

Youness also came forward with his story of being sexually assaulted by the dentist in August 2020, detailing the incident in a video on his official Instagram account.

Youness stated that this incident has made him stand with all women who keep silent after being sexually assaulted.

During a visit to the doctor, Youness said that the dentist began asking him sexually suggestive questions, which lead to him pulling down Youness’s pants and grabbing his genitals.

Egyptian Public Prosecutor Hamada al-Sawy ordered an investigation into the reports in September, after the prosecution received a notice on September 1 from the attorney of three individuals who had been sexually abused by the dentist.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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