A hidden camera catches an Iranian cleric committing adultery, and the video rockets around the blogosphere, where a new generation can finally skirt state censorship. A video scandal has hit the Iranian Internet scene. Like many online scandals in the West, it involves a model. Not Paris Hilton, but a supposed model of virtue: a cleric. In the video — for weeks voted the top story on Balatarin. He walks to the door to let a chador-clad woman enter.
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The scandals have reportedly rocked the Islamic Republic, which employs morality police known as the Guidance Patrol to enforce conservative norms. The clips were released on social media earlier in August, French media reported. These men have the right to have sexual relations, of course, and most people don't really care who they do it with The first recording emerged on August 6, showing former Governor and parliamentary candidate Ali Mohammad Ahmadi having sex with a woman. It appears to have been recorded on a hidden camera. Local media outlets with connections to Ahmadi said she was his "legitimate wife under Islamic law", and he had been blackmailed by a foreign intelligence agency, which released the clip when he refused to take part in a Canadian TV show critical of the Iranian regime. The woman, reportedly not the wife he usually appears with in public, has reportedly been identified as an employee of an Iranian airline.
She has not been charged but investigations are continuing. However, in an exclusive interview with the Guardian, Ebrahimi, 25, denied being the woman in the film. She dismissed it as a fake made by a vengeful former fiance who used studio techniques to form a montage of incriminating images designed to destroy her career. It is possible to use studio make-up to have a person look like me.