Shock and controversy dominated entertainment circles after news of Haifa Wehbe’s ban from working in Egypt spread.
The ban was implemented with immediate effect until her dispute with producer Mohammed al-Sobki is resolved.
Due to major attention and buzz the announcement attracted, head of the Actors’ Syndicate Ashraf Zaki had to clarify certain aspects.
Work to resume
Zaki said Haifa will resume her work normally after her dispute with Sobki comes to an end. Their disagreement is a result of conflict during filming for upcoming film “Thanya Wahda” (meaning one second).
The dispute also affected upcoming film “al-Diesel” starring Mohammed Ramadan. The film is produced by Ahmed al-Sobki.
Haifa was nominated for a role in the movie, however she announced her withdrawal through a phone call with the Arabic edition of Entertainment Tonight.
Meanwhile, Wehbe said that her withdrawal was not related to the Actors’ Syndicate’s decision but because of the production company’s urgency to film the scenes quickly.
The actress is currently in the United States and this pushed her to contact Ahmed al-Sobki and inform him of her decision a few days ago.
While many await the Lebanese actress’ insight on what happened behind the scenes, Wehbe decided to respond to the matter in an unusual way.
In reply to a tweet from a follower, who thanked the actress for supporting the Egyptian team and signified that Egypt is her second home, Wehbe said “Wait for me ... I am arriving soon.”