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JLo Sued In Morocco, Concert Was 'Breach of Public Decency'

by Emma Wilkinson /
Jennifer Lopez performs during the 14th edition of the Mawazine music festival in Rabat, Morocco, 29 May 2015.ABDELHAK SENNA / EPA

A Moroccan education group has sued Jennifer Lopez because they believe her performance was too inappropriate for Moroccan television audiences.

JLo performed in Rabat, Morocco, on May 29th at the Mawazine World Rhythms International Festival in front of 160,000 people, and about 2 million public tv network viewers watched the singer's usual singing and dancing routine while clad in a sexy outfit.

 Jennifer Lopez performs during the 14th edition of the Mawazine music festival in Rabat, Morocco, 29 May 2015. ABDELHAK SENNA / EPA

Despite the fact Lopez had previously performed in Morocco without a problem, a Moroccan education group filed a lawsuit claiming the performer's recent show disrupted public routine and stained the respect and integrity of Moroccan women. Local media outlets reported that Lopez’s dance moves and revealing outfits were inappropriate and government officials said the performance was a violation of public decorum.

Members of the ruling Justice and Development Party said the singer's performance was "a breach of public decency." Some even called for the resignation of Mustapha Khalfi, the Minister of Communication, who allowed the concert to be televised.

Khalfi said he does not plan to resign, but he agrees with critics, tweeting: "What was broadcast is unacceptable and goes against broadcasting law." Although it is doubtful that Lopez will be convicted, a guilty sentence could be anywhere from a month to two years in jail.