During questioning by the judge on Saturday, the bodyguard said he done the “minimum necessary” to “restrain” the workman after the princess caught him taking pictures. He was accused of wanting to sell the images of the inside of the flat in Avenue Foch, the prestigious road close to the Arc de Triomphe, to the media.
The judicial police thinks otherwise saying it was perfectly normal for painters and decorators to take pictures on their smartphones during jobs. The bodyguard confirmed the princess was present during the incident, and that he was carrying an automatic pistol, as he was entitled to as a diplomatic guard.
Hassa is said to have ordered her bodyguard to beat the unidentified Frenchman up, tied his hands and feet together, and then made him kiss her feet. After a four-hour horrifying experience, the workman was kicked out of the flat, and told to “never return” to the area.
However, the bodyguard’s barrister, disputes this version of events, saying: “There were more than twenty people in the apartments.” “How can the facts as outlined by the complainant have been overlooked?”
Later the workman asked for the equivalent of some £16,000 for work done, and for the return of his tools. The Saudi Arabian embassy in Paris has refused to comment on the case.