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Saudi prince arrested for 'sex crime'

A Saudi Arabian prince has been arrested in Los Angeles for allegedly forcing a worker at a Beverly Hills mansion to perform a sex act on him.

Los Angeles police said Majed Abdulaziz al-Saud, 28, was arrested on Wednesday and released the following day after posting a $300,000 bond.

He is scheduled to appear in court on October 19 to face a charge of "forced oral copulation".

Al-Saud does not have diplomatic immunity, police said.

The Los Angeles Times reported a neighbour had spotted a bloodied woman calling for help and trying to climb over a wall surrounding the $37m estate.

The Saudi Arabian embassy is yet to comment on the case.