The pair finally met in person in Egypt, where gender mixing is more accepted than in Saudi Arabia, long dominated by a puritanical form of Islam that has been challenged recently by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's push toward a more moderate interpretation of the religion.
“Our culture here, they make love a sin,” Waleed said.
“While it is the first complaint about his behavior in the over 20 years he’s been at NBC News, we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident.” , citing an unnamed source, reports that the accuser “described inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace occurring throughout 2014,” including at Olympics in Russia.
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — The course of true love never did run smooth.
Lulwa, 27, bridles at a deep-seated sexism in Saudi society that she says reduces women to their reproductive functions, even among some members of her liberal circle in which the genders mix and alcohol is sometimes served at parties.
Because sex and romantic love remain highly controversial subjects in the kingdom, interviewees spoke to NBC News on condition of anonymity, and pseudonyms have been used.
Waleed is an outlier in Saudi Arabia, where many marriages are still set up by families and where couples sometimes don’t meet in person before getting engaged.
show on Wednesday stem partly from his conduct during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, according to a new report.
“On Monday night, we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer,” NBC News chief Andrew Lack wrote in a memo to staff on Wednesday.