Saudi princess `to hide identity in sexual harassment case`

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 1, 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.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 20:13

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