http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3280022/Saudi-prince-charged-sex-assault-maid-Los-Angeles-mansion-son-country-s-king-escape-felony-charges-alleged-attack.html#ixzz3p7s8wq9FEXCLUSIVE: Saudi prince charged with sex assault of his maid at Los Angeles mansion is the son of country's last king - but will now ESCAPE felony charges over alleged attack
Prince Majed Majed bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, 29, is the son of King Abdullah who died in January at the age of 90, Daily Mail Online reveals
He was arrested last month and accused of forced oral copulation of an adult after neighbors spotted crying and bleeding woman
Prince Majed was renting a 22,000-square-foot Beverly Hills property, which is currently valued at $37 million
Felony charges against the prince have been dropped by the Los Angeles District Attorney but prosecutors can now bring misdemeanor charges
Until now it was not known that the prince is among the very highest echelons of the Saudi royal family, which has thousands of members
The prince was due in court today to face an initial hearing but sources at the Los Angeles District Attorney's office say the case has been turned over to the office of city attorney Mike Feur.
Contacted by Daily Mail Online, Feur's office said a case against Al Saud is currently being put together and a new court date will be scheduled for later this year.
The involvement of Feur's office means the charges against the prince have been downgraded from a felony – which could have left him facing up to four years in jail – to a misdemeanor.
If convicted, Prince Majed could be sentenced to up to a year in prison, as well as handed a fine of $3,000 – a larger than normal amount because the woman involved is thought to have been an employee.
He is, however, part of the Saudi royal family, whose collective personal wealth is estimated at $21 billion.
Meanwhile, lawyers acting for another three women, who claim to have been abused by Al Saud, have filed a civil complaint at Los Angeles Superior Court.
The filing documents, which give the prince's full name of Majed bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, accuse the royal of assault and battery, false imprisonment and sexual assault.
The name makes clear his lineage - bin is son of, meaning that he is son of Abdullah, who was son of Abdulaziz Al Saud. Abdulaziz was the first king of Saudi Arabia, and his son Abdullah was king until his death in January of this year.
Over a period of three days, the suit continues, the women were subjected to 'extreme and outrageous conduct' that caused them to suffer 'humiliation, mental anguish, and emotional and physical distress.'
Speaking shortly after Al Saud's arrest, neighbor Eric Stiskin claimed the prince had fled the country in a bid to escape justice.
'I am sure he has taken off in his private jet by now,' he added.
'I don't think he even needs a passport to get out of here.'