If the actress (or another woman) were to have been charged and convicted, the punishment could have been severe.
A woman found guilty of having sex outside marriage can face a penalty of up to 99 lashes with a leather strap.
To become law, the bill still required the approval of Iran's Guardian Council.
After Iranian investigators requested he be arrested, He was reported to have claimed that he and the woman in the film were temporarily married at the time. While Ebrahimi was banned from appearing in films or on television, no formal charges were ever filed against her.
Under the precepts of Shi'a Islam, sex during temporary marriage is permitted. An Iranian judiciary official was quoted as saying: "It depends on finding out whether she had a deliberate role in the case ...
The so-called Iranian sex tape scandal involves the public outcry and judicial proceedings against Zahra Amir Ebrahimi, an actress who appeared in the soap opera Nargess, and an associate producer, accused of appearing together in an explicit sex tape, allegedly filmed for private consumption with a camcorder, a serious crime under Iranian law.
The case served as a catalyst to prompt the lower house of the Parliament of Iran to pass a bill making the production of sexually explicit media, even for private consumption, an offense punishable by death.
Inside Iran, however, people claim that there have been others before this, but that this is the first one that was publicly acknowledged, and the first time the legal authorities decided to do something about it.
In June 2007, the Parliament of Iran voted overwhelmingly in support of a bill that could make the production of and participation in pornographic media an offense punishable by death.
I have some knowledge of montage techniques and I know you can create a new face by distorting the features of another person." The man in the tape, "Mr.
X", who was believed to have been the one to disseminate it to the public, albeit accidentally, initially fled the country, taking up residence in Armenia.
Ebrahimi flatly denies that she is the woman in the tape.