Hassa bint Salman, the sister of the powerful crown prince of Saudi Arabia appears before a French Court on Tuesday for trial. She was accused of beating a workman who came to her ultra-luxury Paris apartment for the refurbishing. The sister of Mohammed bin Salman was alleged of giving order to her bodyguard to beat up the workman after he was seen taking a photo inside her home in September 2016.
However, the princess has denied the allegations. She suspected that the man took the photo to sell the photo of her apartment on the Avenue Foch, which is a famous destination for foreign millionaires in western Paris.
The workman in his statement has said that he was tied up and compelled to kiss the feet of the princess. He also claimed his tools were seized by them. The workman reported that the princess shouted: “‘Kill him, the dog, he doesn’t deserve to live.”
A lawyer acting for the bodyguard, Yassine Bouzrou, told AFP: “We hope that the judges will take into account the numerous contradictions and incoherences of the plaintiff. The medical records contradict the version of events of the plaintiff and show that he lied.”
On the other hand, the bodyguard has lodged a different case for defamation against the workman. The princess has been charged with complicity in armed violence, complicity in holding someone against their will, and theft. Saudi Prince Salman’s reputation was badly damaged after his critic and writer Jamal Khashoggi’s murder last year.