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By The Associated Press
Friday, July 12, 2013, 9:33 p.m.
 

SANTA ANA, Calif. — Saudi Arabian officials issued a $5 million check to bail a member of the royal family out of the Orange County, Calif., Jail, officials said on Friday.

Meshael Alayban, 42, is reported to be one of six wives of Saudi Prince Abdulrahman bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz al Saud. She was arrested Wednesday because a Kenyan woman reportedly being forced to work as a servant fled one of the princess' four condos in an Irvine residential complex, south of Los Angeles, boarded a bus and eventually made her way to police.

Prosecutors said Alayban “did unlawfully deprive and violate the personal liberty” of the Kenyan by forcing her to cook, clean, do laundry and perform other household chores for meager pay.

The maid said her passport had been confiscated by the princess.

Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas likened Alayban to a slave owner.

“It's been 150 years since the Emancipation Proclamation,” he said.

Defense attorney Paul Meyer declined to comment.

The Consulate of Saudi Arabia in Los Angeles refused to answer questions.

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