Americana: Turning the Other Sheik

Remember that Arab sheik who set Beverly Hills agog with his mint-green, late baroque-kitsch mansion? Now his father, Sheik Mohammad Al-Fassi, 47, head of an international shipping company, is involved in a new episode of Arabian-Angeleno misunderstanding.

The trouble all started at the Century Plaza Hotel, where the sheik was staying. Waiter Mario Rivas claims he delivered a basket of fruit to the sheik's room and that the sheik was furious because the food was two hours late.

The sheik, according to Rivas, slapped him across the face, inflicting what Rivas' lawyers call "an...

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