On a recent shopping trip to a Riyadh shopping mall, Abdul Aziz Al Kassar, didn’t expect to end up at a police station. He was mobbed by female fans keen to take selfies with him, and got arrested for “disturbing public order”
This video was shot on a mobile phone and uploaded to YouTube shortly after the incident. It shows Al Kassar surrounded by women shouting his name and yelling desperate to get a picture with the star. That’s when a man dressed in a white robe turns up all of a sudden, brutally grabs the actor by the shirt and drags him away.
Later on social media the actor admitted he didn’t expect such fan fare to be waiting for him at the shopping mall.
I want to clarify that the presence of young women at the mall was not something under my control,
adding that the members of the Commission and mall staff should have warned him about the presence of such a large number of fans.
They did not tell me to stay away and that not meeting them was better,
Gulf News quoted Al Kassar as telling Saudi news site Al Marsad.
They initially took away my mobile, but returned it to me [later].
Al Kassar has been released on bail, but the investigation is not yet over, since the commission had reportedly accused him of using social media to meet woman and take pictures of them inside the mall.