Viral Vid Seems to Show Couple Getting Busy Atop Great Pyramid

Egyptian authorities aren't happy
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 8, 2018 9:15 AM CST

It's one of the Seven Wonders of the World, but some aren't filled with wonder at a video that appears to show a salacious undertaking at the landmark. CNN reports that three minutes of nighttime footage, originally uploaded Wednesday by Danish photographer Andreas Hvid, have been making the rounds on social media showing a man and woman—Sky News and Egypt Today say it's Hvid himself and a "friend"—seemingly climbing Egypt's Great Pyramid of Giza. When they reach the top, one of the two is seen smoking some sort of cigarette and gazing down at the city of Cairo, lit up for the night. The clip then cuts to the woman stripping off her shirt, then morphs into a still image of the two lying together naked as the sun comes up.

"In late November 2018, a friend and I climbed the Great Pyramid of Giza (a.k.a. Pyramid of Khufu, Pyramid of Cheops)," Hvid wrote when he posted the video. "Fearing to be spotted by the many guards, I did not film the several hours of sneaking around at the Giza Plateau, which lead up to the climb." Per Sky, a pyramid site rep says he thinks the footage is fake due to a suspect "illumination" seen at one point in the clip. Not only is scaling Egypt's ancient pyramids illegal—the conservative populace isn't looking too kindly on the couple's supposed sexytime on top of the pyramid, either. The country's antiquities minister has referred the video to the prosecutor general to be looked into. The video is no longer on Hvid's YouTube channel, though others have been posting it instead, and a still of the nude couple can be seen on his website under the "Nude Art" section. (More Khufu pyramid stories.)

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