Saudi prince avoids felony charges in sex assault case near Beverly Hills

Majed Abdulaziz Al-Saud, 29, was arrested last month for allegedly trying to force a female worker to perform a sex act on him inside a Beverly Glen residence he was renting. Police alleged there were multiple victims and within days of Al-Saud’s arrest, three women sued him.

But prosecutors said Monday there wasn’t enough evidence to charge Al-Saud with a felony. The case was referred to the L.A. city attorney’s office, which can charge him with a misdemeanor. Officials in the city attorney’s office said they would have to review the case before considering charges.

From the beginning, Al-Saud has said he was innocent, said his attorney, Alan Jackson.

“The allegations against him are false,” Jackson said. “The decision by the D.A.’s office not to file charges shows that the accuser’s stories cannot be substantiated. The sheik is very happy to put it behind him and move on with his life.”

Al-Saud has remained in Southern California, free on $300,000 bail, since his arrest Sept. 23, Jackson said. An initial court appearance scheduled for Monday did not occur because he wasn’t charged, officials said.

Al-Saud was detained by police for hours last month following a reported disturbance inside the compound, police said. After interviewing other people inside the residence, Al-Saud was arrested on suspicion of forcing oral copulation.

A civil lawsuit filed in L.A. County Superior Court Sept. 25 claims he attacked other women inside the home for several days.

The suit, filed by three women identified only as Jane Does, accuses him of “extreme,” “outrageous” and “despicable” behavior that ended in his arrest.

The three women remain undeterred despite Monday’s announcement, said their attorney, Van Frish.

“Generally, if someone doesn’t do something wrong, they don’t get arrested,” he said. “Just the simple human aspect of it, he could’ve apologized … for doing what he did.”

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages and claims Al-Saud inflicted emotional distress, assault and battery, sexual discrimination and retaliation against the workers, among other allegations.

When officers arrived at the home last month, they found a “party atmosphere” inside the compound, said LAPD Lt. John Jenal.

Neighbors reported seeing a bleeding woman screaming for help as she tried to scale an 8-foot-high wall that surrounds the property at the end of a cul-de-sac in the 2500 block of Wallingford Drive. The home is within a gated community near Beverly Hills.