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Saudi prince faces forced oral sex charge in US

A Saudi prince has been arrested on charges of trying to force a worker at a Beverly Hills estate to perform oral sex on him, Los Angeles police said on Thursday.

Majed Abdulaziz Al-Saud, 28, was arrested on Wednesday and was released on US$300,000 (S$426,000) bond the next day, according to police and online jail records, Reuters reported.

The Los Angeles Times said police were called to the massive estate that afternoon after a neighbour saw a bleeding woman screaming for help as she tried to scale the property's surrounding wall.

The neighbour said police officers later escorted some 20 people - mostly staff - out of the house.

The US$37 million home, which is in one of the most exclusive enclaves in the world, has been rented for weeks at a time by foreign nationals over the past year, a neighbour told the LA Times.

The prince is expected to appear in court on Oct 19, court records show.

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) special consul division said the prince does not have diplomatic immunity, reported KCBS-TV.

Some foreign royalty do have diplomatic immunity, but it depends on the dignitary's status in his home country's government and the level of the offence he commits in the US, said LAPD.

Attempts to reach Majed by telephone were unsuccessful and his attorney was not immediately known.

A call to the Saudi embassy was not immediately returned.

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