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Diana Bodyguard Sues Ritz Hotel

September 23, 1998

PARIS (AP) _ Former bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones, the sole survivor of the car crash that killed Princess Diana, lodged a complaint today against the Ritz Hotel and the Etoile-Limousine car service for ``endangering the lives of others.″

At the time of the Aug. 31, 1997, crash, Rees-Jones was an employee of Ritz owner Mohamed Al Fayed, the father of Dodi Fayed, Diana’s companion who also died in the crash.

The driver of the car, Henri Paul, the chief of security at the Ritz Hotel, was also killed in the crash. He was legally drunk and taking prescription drugs for depression at the time.

Paul was not licensed to drive the Mercedes 600 sedan provided to the Ritz by Etoile-Limousine. It remains unclear whether Ritz management, including Al Fayed, was aware that Paul had been drinking and taking medication before driving the princess.

Questions recently have been raised as to whether the car had faulty brakes.

The Ritz maintains that photographers chasing the couple precipitated the accident.

Under French law, lodging a complaint is the first step in filing for damages.

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