Ri-Ri told to leave
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – Overseers of Abu Dhabi’s Grand Mosque say they asked pop star Rihanna to leave the compound after she posed for photographs considered to be at odds with the “sanctity” of the site.
Rihanna hasn’t publicly responded to the actions by staff at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Her show took place last Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
Photos posted on various websites showed the singer posing on white marble, dressed fully in black, with her hair covered according to the mosque’s guidelines.
The mosque statement, published yesterday in local newspapers, said Rihanna was in an area normally off limits for visitors. It said the fashion-style photo session violated rules on the “status and sanctity of the mosque”.
The mosque is a major tourist site in the United Arab Emirates’ capital.
Meanwhile, in Thailand, the authorities there arrested a bar owner in connection with a lewd sex show mentioned in racy tweets by Rihanna during her recent trip there, officials said yesterday. This follows the arrest of two other men two weeks ago after an Instagram picture of Rihanna with a protected primate. (AP)