An Internet website that belongs to Al Qaeda terrorism group has posted a death threat to prominent Egyptian actor Omar El Sharif for playing the role of a priest in an Italian television movie.
The message that was posted on the website stated that the crucified Omar has degraded the image of Islam and insulted all Muslims, therefore he must be killed.
Omar had revealed when the film was out that he was so attached to the role he played in the film and felt as if it was the most important one he had ever played. He added that it is difficult for him to play new roles after the experience.
A Latino American named Juan Anderson has filed a lawsuit against El Sharif accusing him of being a racist.
Juan claimed that a verbal fight had broken out between him and Omar outside a restaurant in Los Angeles, when the actor tried to bribe him with 20 Euros in order to park his Porsche in front of the restaurant.
Anderson added that during the fight, Omar had called him a “Stupid Mexican” several times and had ordered his driver to drive the car towards Anderson who was trying to stall the actor until the police arrived.
On his part, Omar’s lawyer denied that the actor made such remarks and considered the entire lawsuit as silly, adding that there were many witnesses who can prove that Omar did not commit any racial crime.