UPDATE! SAUDI DOOM! Nicki Minaj PULLS Out Of Saudi Arabia Concert Over Women's Rights, Gay Rights And Over Princess Hassa bint Salman Harsh Treatment Of GAY Decorator
12 SEPTEMBER 2019
Saudi Princess found guilty of ordering bodyguard to beat up Paris craftsman
Paris (CNN)The sister of Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been found guilty of ordering a bodyguard to beat and humiliate a local craftsman who was renovating her luxury Paris apartment three years ago.
Princess Hassa bint Salman Al Saud was handed a 10-month suspended sentence and fined €10,000 ($11,000) by a French court Thursday. She was sentenced in absentia and found guilty of armed violence and complicity to hold someone against their will. Her bodyguard was handed an eight-month suspended prison sentence and ordered to pay a €5,000 ($5,600) fine.
Ashraf Eid, an Egyptian-born French national, had said the princess's bodyguard attacked him after she accused him of taking photos and videos of her in September 2016. He alleged the guard hit him, tied up his wrists, put a gun to his head and ordered him to kiss the princess's feet. Source
9 JULY 2019
Nicki Minaj pulls out of Saudi Arabia concert
Nicki Minaj is pulling out of a concert in Saudi Arabia because she says she wants to show support for women's rights, gay rights and freedom of expression. "After careful reflection I have decided to no longer move forward with my scheduled concert at Jeddah World Fest. While I want nothing more than to bring my show to fans in Saudi Arabia, after better educating myself on the issues, I believe it is important for me to make clear my support for the rights of women, the LGBTQ community and freedom of expression," Minaj said in a statement Tuesday to The Associated Press.Minaj was originally scheduled to headline the concert on July 18.In Saudi Arabia, gender segregation between single men and women is still enforced in many restaurants, coffee shops, public schools and universities, but other rules have loosened with women now allowed to drive and attend events in sports stadiums. Source
Saudi crown prince's sister will go on trial in Paris for 'ordering her bodyguard to beat up a decorator and force him to kiss her feet'
The sister of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is to be put on trial in Paris next month for allegedly ordering her bodyguard to beat up a workman in the French capital. The case against Princess Hassa bint Salman stems from an alleged assault in her apartment on the ultra-expensive Avenue Foch in west Paris in September 2016. The alleged victim has said he was hired to carry out refurbishment work at Princess Hassa's apartment and that she became angry after he took a photograph, accusing him of wanting to sell it to the media. He alleges the princess, said to be in her 40s, then ordered the bodyguard to beat him up.Le Point magazine reported that the princess shouted: 'Kill him, the dog, he doesn't deserve to live'. The workman says he was punched in the face, his hands were tied and he was forced to kiss the princess's feet during an hours-long ordeal. His tools were confiscated before he was allowed to leave but his injuries were so severe that he was ordered off work for eight days. The bodyguard was charged on October 1, 2016 with armed violence, theft, issuing death threats and holding someone against their will. The trial is due to be judged on July 9, a source told AFP. Source