L.A. Now

More women accuse Saudi prince after his arrest on sex crime charge, LAPD says

A Saudi prince who allegedly tried to force a female worker to perform a sex act on him inside a Beverly Glen residence has now been accused of attacking other women in the home, according to Los Angeles police and court records.

Majed Abdulaziz Al-Saud, 29, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of forced oral copulation of an adult.

Police said Friday that they are investigating claims that Al-Saud also preyed on other women on the estate.

Detectives “found more victims who were also alleging crimes against Mr. Al-Saud,” Officer Drake Madison said.

Al-Saud, 28, was detained by police for hours Wednesday afternoon as officers investigated a reported disturbance inside the 22,000-square-foot residence about 12:45 p.m., Madison said.

NEWSLETTER: Get essential California headlines delivered daily >> 

He was held on suspicion of false imprisonment, sexual assault and battery. He was booked on suspicion of forcing the oral copulation of a worker inside the residence, Madison said. He could not be reached for comment Friday.

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

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

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. The attorneys who filed the suit did not return calls seeking comment.

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

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.

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

Al-Saud was freed Thursday afternoon after posting $300,000 bail, jail records show.

The Saudi Embassy in Washington did not respond to a request for comment.

The U.S. State Department said it did not appear Al-Saud has any diplomatic immunity and referred further questions to the LAPD.

For breaking California news, follow @JosephSerna on Twitter.

ALSO:

Former 'Scandal' star pleads no contest to assault; won't face jail time

Alhambra basketball coach arrested, accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old team member

Rapper says he has no ties to Compton pot shop where Wolf Da Boss, another man found dead

Copyright © 2016, Los Angeles Times

UPDATES

5:39 p.m.: This article was updated with additional details, including of the civil suit.

12:01 p.m.: This article was updated with information about more alleged victims.

The first version of this article was published at 8:03 a.m.

Loading
71°