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UAE mosque shows Rihanna the door over photo shoot

In this photo posted to an Instagram account belonging to Rihanna, pop star Rihanna poses for a photo in front of Abu Dhabi's Grand Mosque in the United Arab Emirates. (AP Photo/via Instagram)
October 21, 2013 1:09:43 PM PDT
Overseers of Abu Dhabi's Grand Mosque say they asked pop star Rihanna to leave the compound after she posed for photographs considered to be at odds with the "sanctity" of the site.

Rihanna hasn't publicly responded to the actions by staff at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Her show took place on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.

Photos posted on various websites show the singer posing on white marble, dressed fully in black, with her hair covered according to the mosque's guidelines.

The mosque statement, published Monday in local newspapers, said Rihanna was in an area normally off limits for visitors. It says the fashion-style photo session violated rules on the "status and sanctity of the mosque."

The mosque is a major tourist site in the United Arab Emirates' capital.


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