Ashraf Eid, a French national born in Egypt, accuses the princess's bodyguard of attacking him after she accused him of taking photos and videos of her in September 2016, the judge reported, as the trial started on Tuesday. He says the guard beat him, tied his wrists, put a gun to his head, and ordered him to kiss the princess' feet.
Hassa bint Salman Al Saud is being tried in absentia for armed violence and complicity in holding someone against her will. But a member of the defense team of Princess Hassa told CNN before the court that her client resolutely denied the allegations and demanded acquittal and insisted that reporting on the case to the Saudi king was unfair.
Eid says he works in a bathroom in the apartment on the exclusive Avenue Foch in Paris ̵
Eid's report was read in court when the princess saw him, allegedly ordering her bodyguard Rani Saidi to pick up his phone. Eid claimed that Saidi then mistreated Eid and kicked him in the face.
Eid claimed that the princess then insulted him and said, "They're all the same, bastards, dogs, you'll see how you should talk to a princess, how to talk to the royal family."
He claims that Saidi put a gun to the back of his head and gave him two options: "Kiss the princess' feet or risk another attack."
Eid complained to the police as soon as he was released from the apartment. The police questioned the princess for two hours and then let her go. Three days later, she left the country.
An investigating judge tried several times to contact the princess, but failed to reach her, and finally issued an international arrest warrant in 2017.
Saidi is also on trial and appeared in court on Tuesday, emphatically denying the allegations in the stands and saying he had rushed to the side of the princess when he heard her scream.
"I've never been violent, I grabbed (Eid) and then I held him, because I did not know what he was up to," said the bodyguard.
Saidi suggested that the worker plans to distribute the princess' private photos because "every Arab wants to take her picture, she's really famous."
The judge replied, "Since the age of eight, no more photos have been taken you published, how would people even recognize them? " had no explanation.
Prosecutors have asked f or a six-month probationary sentence for Princess Hassa, an eight-month probationary sentence for her bodyguard and a fine of € 5,000 each.