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Turkish PM's daughter walks out on play with 'undesirable elements'

ANKARA - Hürriyet Daily News | 4/10/2011 12:00:00 AM |

Claims that PM Erdoğa'’s daughter Sümeyye walked out on a theatrical performance that insulted her have caused an uproar in the capital.

Claims that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s daughter Sümeyye walked out on a theatrical performance that insulted her have caused an uproar in the capital.

Sümeyye left a performance of “Youth Osman” staged Friday by the Ankara State Theaters because she was insulted by some scenes in the play, daily Radikal reported Sunday.

Sources from the state theaters said the play contained some “undesirable elements” and that an investigation was being launched into the claims.

The “insult” reportedly stemmed from an incident of eye contact between Sümeyye and one of the performers, who allegedly winked at the prime minister’s daughter.

Sources said the play was performed in a way faithful to the original text, and that audience members did not know Sümeyye was among them. Along with Sümeyye and the people accompanying her, a 150-person police group that was also watching the performance left the hall as well, according to sources.

Prime Minister Erdoğan’s guards came to the theater to investigate the incident, Radikal reported.

“This performance has been staged for four years and all – including Cabinet members, political party members and senior officials – who viewed the play have expressed satisfaction with it. No complaint about the performance has been expressed so far,” officials from the state theaters said in a statement.

The General Directorate of State Theatres said an immediate investigation was launched right after the end of the play as some members of the audience left the theater due to some actions of the actors.

“One of our most important values is the respect of spectators, regardless of who they are. A necessary sanction will be imposed on those who were determined to have made disturbing moves toward the audience,” it said in a written statement Sunday.

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