An Egyptian Islamist politician who was expelled from the Salafist al-Nour party and subsequently from the parliament over his “nose job scandal” has denied reports he was secretly married to a young Egyptian actress and belly dancer.
Anwar al-Balkimi, also known as the “nose job MP” and the “plastic surgery MP” said he “never heard” of Egyptian artiste, Sama al-Masri, whom the state-linked al-Joumhouria newspaper reported was married to the Salafist former member of the People’s Assembly.
Masri had told the paper that she filed for a divorce from Balkimi after she found out that he was married to another woman.
The controversial actress, who recently threatened to stage a protest in front of the press syndicate in Cairo against alleged attacks by journalists, also said that men linked to Balkimi threatened her with acid splashing.
“I never heard of this lady except on Thursday when I was having breakfast with my wife and children and one of my friends surprised me with a phone call telling of what the belly dancer is saying against me,” Balkimi told Al Arabiya.
“I have never ever known her before, I swear,” he added.
“I will go back to the assembly stronger than before…I entered the assembly only to [the service of] God and the people, and I have full trust in God, and what had happened to me in the last period I consider as a test from God.”
Balkimi was expelled from the Nour Salafist party due to his “nose job” controversy, the politician in convalescence said his face was plastered due to a violent assault against him, while his party said that he underwent an “unnecessary” cosmetic surgery.
The politician has filed a lawsuit against the actress as he seeks to redeem his reputation.
“The doctor has advised me not to read these days, but after the accusations, I read what was published and I decided not to keep quiet.”
As for his plastic surgery, he said, “I will never talk about this issue except in court, and that will happen after tomorrow, and after investigations are done. I will talk and explain everything.”
Balkimi accused liberals and security services of having carried out a smear campaign against him.
“This is dangerous as they are aiming to tarnish the reputation of the Islamists in the country,” he said.
“Balkimi’s relation to the party has absolutely ended,” Yusri Hamad, official spokesman of the Nour party told Al Arabiya.
“He has become a regular Egyptian citizen and his actions do not represent Nour or the Salafists,” Hamad added.
Hamad said Balkimi’s nose job scandal has prompted the Salafist party to carry out moral background checks on its members.
“Some members can not belong to the party as they do not have the moral backbone needed, such as honesty or the right Salafist way of thinking.”
Some Islamists, however, said that Balkimi can repent, citing that some MPs in other parties are being charged for alleged corruption and drug use.
(Translated by Dina al-Shibeeb)