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J-Lo 'too sexy' for Morocco

Jennifer Lopez performs on stage during the Mawazine International music festival in Rabat [Anadolu]

Date of publication: 8 June, 2015

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International star Jennifer Lopez is filed with a lawsuit for her 'provocative' performance during a festival in Rabat as the Moroccan PM calls for an investigation.
It seems like no one in Morocco is happy with Jennifer Lopez - not even the Prime Minister.

The globally renowned actress and singer has come under fire for her "sexy" performance at the Mawazine festival in Rabat on May 29, after it was aired on the 2M public TV network.

Although, many would argue that J-Lo was just doing what she does best, the show is believed to have been "too indecent" to the "religious and moral values of Moroccan society".

Lopez has previously performed in the country, but this is the first time her show has been aired on television.

Moroccan Prime Minister, Abdelilah Benkirane, has ordered an investigation into the TV broadcast of the concert, saying it contained "disgraceful scenes" adding that it was "indecent" and "provocative."

Benkirane said the "sexually suggestive" broadcast was in violation of the country's audiovisual law and has demanded "legal measures against those responsible".

His comments come after an educational group filed a lawsuit against the 45-year-old performer, claiming that Lopez had "disturbed public order and tarnished women's honour and respect" with her on-stage antics.

If prosecuted, Lopez could face up to two years in prison.

Local media also criticised the singer for her "suggestive poses" and for being "scantily" dressed.

Morocco's minister of communication Mustapha Khalifi has been blamed for allowing the gig to air on public TV, leading to calls for him to resign.

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