September 07, 2018

The mansion on Aziza Court is for sale.

With its eight bathrooms, six bedroom suites, 14 living areas spread out over 17,000 square feet, it is a house where, according to an old listing video, “you can envision a princess losing her glass slipper as she runs down the staircase,” a place that will fill “you with pride as you welcome heads of state, sports figures and celebrities to your next royal ball.”

The listing is fitting for its past occupants, a son of the late king of Saudi Arabia and his wife, a daughter of the late crown prince. For years, the couple resided in the Great Falls, Va., mansion, where they employed nannies, cooks and other domestic workers — some of whom had traveled from faraway countries to work there.

That employee relationship is at the heart of a lawsuit that was the subject of a hearing in U.S. District Court in Alexandria on Friday, in which one of those employees claims she was subjected to human trafficking, forced labor and psychological abuse, and was paid less than $2 per hour despite consistently working 15-hour days. Simret Semere Tekle, a citizen of Eritrea, whose case has attracted the representation of several high-powered firms, is seeking damages not limited to the alleged loss of wages.

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Agnieszka Fryszman, another attorney for Tekle, described as “categorically false” in court Friday the assertion that the government is investigating her client. “The only people I know who are under investigation are the defendants,” she said.

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