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He allegedly said that 30% of women are unfaithful, according to state media

Video of his comments appeared on social media, prompting a public outcry

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An Egyptian man was sentenced to three years in prison for saying some of the nation’s married women are unfaithful, state media reported.

In addition to prison time, Taymour el-Sobky will also get hard labor.

He made the assertion during a television show in December, state-run newspaper Al-Ahram reported Saturday.

“Thirty percent of women have a readiness for immorality … but cannot find someone to encourage them,” he said, according to the paper.

Video clips of his comments appeared on social media last month, prompting a public outcry that led to his arrest, according to the newspaper.

A prosecutor accused him of slandering women and damaging their honor, Al-Ahram said. He was sentenced by a court in Giza and is still in custody.

An appeal is scheduled for March 30.

Sobky runs a popular Facebook page, “The Diary of a Suffering Man,” which has more than a million likes, according to the newspaper.

He has apologized, saying his comments were taken out of context.