Saudi King Salman's daughter flees Paris after making painter 'kiss her feet'

US Department of Defense photo (Public Domain) by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo.

A Saudi princess has reportedly left Paris while claiming diplomatic immunity after she allegedly ordered her bodyguard to kill a painter and decorator who was working for her in the French capital.

The bodyguard has been detained on the charges of physically assaulting and kidnapping the decorator.

Reports stated that the princess caught the painter clicking photographs of the place on his mobile phone.

The bodyguard is alleged to have hit the 53-year-old painter over the head following the command before tying the man up by the wrists and assaulting him for four hours, The Local reported. He was then allegedly made to kiss the princess's feet before being ejected from the building and told never to return.

Now, however, Le Point magazine, which broke the story, says she is the 42-year-old ' only daughter' of the current king, Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. Hassa has always been a regular visitor to Paris, where she is known for enjoying the lifestyle of a multi-millionaire.

When the unnamed bodyguard appeared in court on Saturday, he said that he had only done the minimum of what was necessary to restrain the painter and decorator, and he admitted he was carrying an automatic pistol, which was legal for him due to his position as a "diplomatic guard".

He said taking pictures was standard practice, and that the snaps were shot simply so he would know where to put back any furniture he had moved, but the princess accused him of scheming to sell the photographs to the press, and told an armed bodyguard: "You have to kill this dog, he doesn't deserve to live".

The bodyguard's attorney disputed the claims by the French painter saying, "There were more than twenty people in the apartments. How can the facts as outlined by the complainant have been overlooked?"

The victim had also asked for some money for the work he had done.

Detectives entered the Avenue Foch flat last week, where they were said to have retrieved the tools of the decorator, who was officially signed off work for a week because of shock and severe bruising.

The Saudi Arabian embassy in Paris refused to make any comments regarding the case.

  • Salvatore Jensen