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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.

Saudi Arabia Prince Arrested in Gated L.A. Compound for Alleged Sexual Assault #KSA

A Saudi prince was arrested at a hillside compound near Beverly Hills on Wednesday after being accused of trying to force a worker to perform a sex act on him, Los Angeles police said.

Police were called to the gated property in the Beverly Glen area, within a gated community on Wallingford Drive, after a caretaker at the home reported a disturbance, officials said. After officers interviewed people inside, a 28-year-old man identified as Saudi prince Majed Abdulaziz Al-Saud was arrested on suspicion of forced oral copulation of an adult.

He was booked and freed on $300,000 bail Thursday afternoon, jail records show. He could not immediately be reached for comment.

LAPD Officer Drake Madison said Al-Saud was booked after 4 p.m.

The LAPD has a consul liaison division that checks with foreign nations’ consulates regarding diplomatic immunity, said Capt. Tina Nieto.

Police determined Al-Saud does not have immunity in this case, she said.

Some foreign royalty do have diplomatic immunity, but it depends on the dignitary’s status in his home country’s government and the level of the offense he commits in the U.S., she said.

Jail records show Al-Saud is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 19.

Attempts to reach the U.S. State Department and the Saudi Arabia Embassy in Los Angeles were not successful Thursday afternoon.

Neighbor Tennyson Collins said a resident reported seeing a bleeding woman scream for help as she tried to scale the property’s 8-foot-high wall Wednesday afternoon.

When Collins drove home from work after 1:30 p.m., police followed his car through the gates and onto the property, which he described as a compound. The website Zillow valued the 22,000-square-foot property at $37 million.

Officers escorted some 20 people out of the house, many of them staff, Collins said.

Police said Al-Saud was renting the home. Collins said various foreign nationals have been renting out the property for weeks at a time over the last year but that the biggest incident up to Wednesday had just been a raucous party or two. One person who rented out the home stationed armed guards at the gates, he said.

“Obviously neighbors aren’t happy about it, but it is what it is,” Collins said of the international visitors.

UN Human Rights Chair Saudi Arabia to Behead,Crucify Protester


Saudi Arabia's King Salman

By Ari Soffer//Saudi Arabia is set to imminently behead and crucify a protester who was arrested while he was still a minor, even as it takes up a position as chair of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC).

Ali al-Nimr is member of Saudi Arabia’s Shia minority, and nephew of an outspoken Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, who has also been sentenced to death for anti-government activities.

Ali was arrested in 2012 at the age of 17 in the predominantly Shia province of Qatif, during a protest inspired by so-called “Arab Spring” protest movements elsewhere in the Arab world.

He was convicted of numerous charges including belonging to a terrorist cell, incitement, stoking sectarianism and attacking police with molotov cocktails, Saudi state media reported.

His final appeal was rejected last week, the state-controlled Okaz website added.

The sentence is a particularly harsh one; not only will he be beheaded, but his body will be displayed on a crucifix in a practice mandated by Islamic law (Sharia) as a way of publicizing his fate and deterring others from following his example.

Human rights groups have appealed for the sentence to be commuted, and others have called for the gulf kingdom to pardon him as a gesture for the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha, which began Wednesday.

Activists say he was tortured into issuing a confession, and note that according to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child – to which Riyadh is a signatory – it is illegal to execute a child under the age of 18 at the time the crime was committed.

UN Watch head Hillel Neurer branded Saudi Arabia’s appointment to the UNHRC “scandalous.”

“It is scandalous that the UN chose a country that has beheaded more people this year than ISIS to be head of a key human rights panel,” Neuer said. “Petro-dollars and politics have trumped human rights.”

Incredibly, however, the US government has welcomed the appointment, with State Department Deputy Spokesman Mark C. Toner claiming to have no knowledge of al-Nimr’s impending death sentence.

“I mean, frankly, it’s – we would welcome it. We’re close allies,” he said in response to questions at a Tuesday press conference.

The Saudi government has yet to respond to the controversy.