Saudi Arabia religious police arrested a popular TV star, Abdul Aziz al-Kassar, for taking selfies with female fans at a mall in Ridyah. al-Kassar, on a working visit to the town, reportedly asked his fans on social media which mall to visit. While visiting the recommended mall, he besieged by a large crowd of most female fans, who mobbed and asked him for selfies. al-Kassar’s obliged them, but the decision undid him. In the midst of the female fans, the a religious policeman working for the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention held and led him away. al-Kassar said: ‘I did not expect to find so many people waiting for me. I want to clarify that the presence of young women at the mall was not something under my control.
‘When I stepped in, several fans came over and surrounded me until someone came over and pulled me aside into a room that I learned was reserved for the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice inside the mall.
‘I understood that the man who pulled me was a member of the commission and I did not resist him out of my respect for the Commission,’ he added.
But Kassar objected to the fact that the religious police officers who’d witnessed the gathering crowds ‘did not tell [him] to stay away’.