Beverly Hills News – Saudi Prince Won’t See Felony Charges In Sexual Assault Cases
Posted: Monday, October 19, 2015 – 11:03 AM
(CNS) – The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office will not bring felony charges against a Saudi prince arrested on suspicion of forcing a woman to perform a sex act, though he may still face misdemeanor charges, authorities confirmed today.
The City Attorney’s Office is reviewing the case of Prince Majed Abdulaziz Al-Saud, but no filing decision has been made, according to a spokesman.
Al-Saud, 29, was arrested the afternoon of Sept. 23 at a hillside compound he was renting near Beverly Glen and booked on suspicion of forced oral copulation with an adult. He was released the next day on $300,000 bail.
A caretaker of a home in a gated community on Wallingford Drive called police to report a disturbance. A neighbor told the Los Angeles Times that a resident reported seeing a bleeding woman scream for help as she tried to scale the home’s 8-foot-high wall.
Police said Al-Saud was renting the 22,000-square-foot home and that they had to escort some 20 people out of the house, many of them staff.
Al-Saud was named in a civil suit filed Sept. 25 by three women who allege he sexually harassed them between Sept/ 21-23 in the Beverly Hills area.
The plaintiffs, identified only as Jane Doe 1, 2 and 3, are seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages on allegations of assault and battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, false imprisonment, sexual harassment, sexual discrimination and retaliation.
The lawsuit alleges they were “deprived of their freedom of movement by use of physical barriers, force, threats of force, menace, fraud, deceit and unreasonable duress.”
The plaintiffs’ attorney, Stanislav Pekler, cited attorney-client privilege in declining to elaborate on the women’s allegations or say whether any of them was the victim in the alleged crime that resulted in the prince’s arrest.