Saudi Prince Will Not Face Felony Charges In Beverly Hills Sex Assault Case
The district attorney's office says there is not enough evidence to move forward.
A Saudi prince arrested in September at a gated Los Angeles compound for alleged sexual assault will not be charged with a felony due to lack of evidence, the Los Angeles district attorney's office confirmed to THR.
The case against Majed Abdulaziz Al-Saud, 28, is now with the L.A. city attorney’s office for possible misdemeanor charges, said Jane Robison, spokeswoman for the prosecutor's office.
A request for comment from the L.A. city attorney’s office was not immediately returned.
Al-Saud was taken into custody Sept. 24 at an estate within the gated Beverly Glen community, located on Wallingford Drive, after a caretaker contacted authorities. The prince, accused of forced copulation with an adult, was booked and released on $300,000 bail.
According to the Los Angeles Times, days after the arrest, other women contacted authorities claiming to be victims of Al-Saud.
In a lawsuit filed by three unidentified women the day after his arrest, Al-Saud was accused of "extreme," "outrageous" and "despicable" behavior before his arrest, the Times reported.
Al-Saud's lawyer, Alan Jackson, said his client is innocent, the Times reported.
"The decision by the D.A.’s office not to file charges shows that the accuser’s stories cannot be substantiated," Jackson said, according to The Times. "The sheik is very happy to put it behind him and move on with his life."
Al-Saud's current location is unclear.
Al-Saud's arrest happened on the heels of another investigation by Beverly Hills police into a member of the Qatar royal family.
Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al-Thani left the country after video of his $1.5 million Ferrari racing in a quiet Beverly Hills neighborhood went viral. The race between the rare yellow Ferrari and Porsche 911 GT3 occurred Sept 12. Police referred the case to the U.S. State Department because the Ferrari was registered in Qatar. No charges were brought forth in Beverly Hills because police could not identify the driver.