Saudi Escort Girls
At the end of a private road in one of the wealthiest gated communities in Los Angeles last month, a bleeding woman clambered up the wall of a compound inhabited by a young Saudi prince and screamed into the night for help. It would turn out to be among the least bizarre scenes of the evening.
By the time the police arrived at the $37 million estate, before dawn on a Wednesday, the prince, Majed Abdulaziz al-Saud, had become, according to court records, the central terrorizing figure in a human circus that included paid escorts; alcohol and cocaine; repeated threats by the prince to kill his female attendants if they stepped out of line; and a gay sex act that al-Saud, the grandson of King Abdulaziz al-Saud, the founder of Saudi Arabia, demanded his employees and guests watch being performed on him.
Al-Saud so terrorized his three female attendants during his three-day L.A. party binge that at one point they had considered jumping from a second-floor balcony to escape, their lawyer Vadim Frish told Women in the World. Police arrested al-Saud, 28, at the property on September 23; he was later charged with attempting to force one of his other female employees to give him oral sex, a felony. That charge was later dropped because of what prosecutors described as a lack of evidence. What’s not clear is whether insufficient evidence existed or no one was brave enough to talk about it. Asked to respond to the allegations in the lawsuit, al-Saud’s criminal defense lawyer, Alan Jackson, said in an email, “I will not dignify these salacious allegations, which the District attorney found to be unsupported by evidence, with a response.”
There are about 7, 000 princes in Saudi Arabia, a nation of 29 million people where adultery and homosexual acts are, under the country’s Sharia law, punishable by death. Most princes — from Saudi Arabia or anywhere else — don’t behave like megalomaniacal caricatures, of course. But a steady litany of episodes involving enormously wealthy men from Saudi Arabia and the oil-rich Gulf states engaging in acts of murder, rape and debauchery in wealthy redoubts of the United States and Europe have served to reinforce the impression of Princes Gone Wild — giving rise to a perception in parts of L.A, and London and New York that the marauding princes believe themselves to be above the law.
For evidence, look no further than a few miles down the road from al-Saud’s Belair estate where, 10 days earlier, a $1.4 million Ferrari owned by Sheikh Khalid Hamad al-Thani, a member of Qatar’s ruling family, tore through a quiet residential area, blowing through a four-way stop sign as a $130, 000 Porsche GT3 followed in high-speed pursuit. One of the drivers later allegedly threatened a bystander, Jacob Rogers, who had captured the illegal drag race on his phone. “The man said, ‘Fuck America, ’ and he threw a cigarette at me, ” Rogers told a Los Angeles TV news station. “That was before he indicated he could kill me and get away with it.”
When the police questioned him, al-Thani claimed to have diplomatic immunity. By the time the Beverly Hills P.D. figured out that he had no such immunity, al-Thani, the former owner of a drag-racing team, had fled the country, taking his pricey cars with him.