Egypt Great Pyramid climbers: Two arrested over naked photoshoot on landmark
A Danish photographer and his friend provoked outrage in Giza, Egypt after they were seen in a naked embrace on top of the 4,500-year-old landmark
The two Danes scaled the 4,500-year-old site, smoked cigarettes and gazed down at the city of Cairo while in a naked embrace.
Images of the incident caused a scandal in the country after they were widely shared on social media, but the pair denied having sex.
A camel driver who illegally brought them to the location for 4,000 Egyptian pounds (£180) on November 29 has been arrested.
A woman who put them in touch with the camel driver was also arrested by authorities in the nation.
Both will now stand trial after acknowledging their role in the incident.
In a video called 'Climbing the Great Pyramid of Giza', Danish photographer Andreas Hvid appears to scale the 4,500-year-old tomb on the outskirts of Cairo with a woman who is later seen removing her top.
Hvid says the video was shot in late November and posted on YouTube on December 8, setting in motion an investigation by Egypt's public prosecutor.
A photograph also released by Hvid appears to show the pair completely naked on top of each other while looking in the direction of a nearby pyramid.
The nearly three-minute video has so far notched up 4.5 million views on YouTube, while stirring a public outcry in Egypt.
"A 7,000-year-old civilisation has turned into a bed sheet," a Twitter user in Egypt lamented.
Hvid, 23, has explained back home to the Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet that he had 'dreamed for many years of climbing the Great Pyramid' as well as of taking a naked photograph.
The young Dane, who runs his own YouTube channel, said the woman in the video was not his girlfriend. "It was just a pose. We did not have sexual relations," he said.
The Great Pyramid is the largest in Giza, standing 146 metres (480 feet) tall, and the only surviving structure of the seven wonders of the ancient world.
Climbing pyramids is forbidden in Egypt.
In 2016, a German tourist was barred from entering the country for life after he posted online footage of climbing one of the ancient structures.
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