A Saudi Arabian princess made a painter and decorator kiss her feet inside a palatial Paris flat before telling a bodyguard: ‘You have to kill this dog, he doesn’t deserve to live.’
In the latest example or royalty from the Gulf kingdom abusing overseas staff, the unnamed multi-millionaire allegedly attacked the also unidentified man in the French capital earlier this summer.
He had arrived at the property in Avenue Foch, a hugely prestigious road that runs off the Arc de Triomphe, to carry out some basic decorating.
But the Princess, who is said to be related to the late King Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, was not happy.
When she saw the workman taking photographs on his smart phone camera – something decorators do routinely nowadays – she accused him of preparing to sell them to the media.
She then ordered her bodyguards to beat him up, tied his hands and feed together, and then made him kiss her feet.
Le Point, the French news outlet, reports the ‘You have to kill this dog, he doesn’t deserve to live’ allegation, saying it has been passed on the police.
The entire ordeal lasted for up to four hours, before the man was kicked out of the flat, and told to ‘never return’ to the area.
Later he asked for the equivalent of some 16,000 pounds for work done, and for the return of his tools.
Le Point said he then made a report to the police, showing them bruises on his head, which he said were caused by the attack.
The dispute over the money may well hamper any future criminal enquiry, as will the privileged manner in which Saudi royalty is treated in France.
Not only is the country a massive market for French arms sales but some of the most prestigious real estate in the country is owned by Saudis.
Unlike French security guards, their protection staff are allowed to carry guns thanks to diplomatic agreements.
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