CNN's Christiane Amanpour says she pulled out of interview with Iran's president after he demanded she wear a headscarf

CNN's Christina Amanpour said she backed out of an interview with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi after an aide to the leader required her to wear a headscarf.

CNN journalist Christiane Amanpour said Thursday that she backed out of an interview with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi after one of his aides said it would not happen unless she wore a headscarf.

In a Twitter thread, Amanpour chronicled how her scheduled interview with Raisi on Wednesday night in New York fell apart, characterizing the aide’s request as an “unprecedented and unexpected condition.”

Amanpour, CNN’s chief international anchor, said she planned to ask Raisi about the protests that have swept across Iran after Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman held by the country’s morality police for allegedly violating its strictly enforced dress code, died in custody last week.

Iran curbs internet access in effort to quell deadly protestsSept. 22, 202204:08Raisi was in New York for the U.N. General Assembly.

Iranian authorities have said Amini died last Friday after having fallen ill and slipping into a coma as she waited with other women held by the morality police. Authorities have acknowledged making arrests at subsequent protests, but they denied mistreating Amini and said they were investigating her death.

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