Saudi princess `to hide identity in sexual harassment case`
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Last Updated: Tuesday, March 01, 2011, 20:13
London: A Saudi princess has won a legal battle to keep her identity secret in a UK court where she's being tried for allegedly sexually harassing her British bodyguard, a media report said.

The 40-year-old British bodyguard, who earned 100,000 pounds a year protecting the Saudi princess from 2003 to 2010, has moved Central London Employment Tribunal, claiming proper compensation for his resignation because he "felt threatened by the risk of sexual harassment", the 'Daily Mail' reported.

He has alleged that the royal was engaged in drinking, illegal drug-taking and "sexually promiscuous" behaviour, and that she once kicked him in the groin "knowing full well that he was recovering from invasive surgery to that area".

However, lawyers for the Saudi princess successfully persuaded the court that she should be shielded from publicity as her life and that of her family could be put at risk, and said the allegations are to undermine members of her family in high government positions, the report said.

Employment judge Jeremy Burns ruled: "She is far more likely to come to London to have the case tried if she is spared adverse publicity."

The princess's husband -- a Saudi prince and a "successful businessman" -- has also been granted privacy over claims he was a "viewer of gay porn websites", the report said.

In fact, the bodyguard has alleged that the princess would come back late at night "excessively drunk" during the period when he was protecting her.

"The princess was sick in A's accommodation and would fall asleep there. He found it very stressful as it was his job to protect her but it became increasingly difficult to protect her from herself," court papers said.

On trips abroad, he had to share rooms with other members of staff "to protect himself" from the advances of the princess; and at times, she would complain to him that her husband had been looking at websites with homosexual content, the court heard.

The case will be heard later this year.


First Published: Tuesday, March 01, 2011, 20:13

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