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Al Fayed Sues Over Diana, Son Crash

July 21, 1999

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Mohamed Al Fayed, whose son Dodi died in the 1997 car crash that also killed Princess Diana and their driver, has sued four people who allegedly tried to sell him phony information about the crash.

Al Fayed claims Beverly Hills attorney Keith Fleer and three associates _ Oswald LeWinter, Pat McMillan and George Williamson _ forged documents purporting to be secret files from the CIA and MI6, a British intelligence agency.

The files detailed a bogus plot to murder Diana and Dodi Fayed, according to the lawsuit filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court.

Al Fayed refuses to accept the high-speed crash in Paris was an accident and has said he believes it was a conspiracy by people who did not want to see an Egyptian stepfather for Diana’s sons.

French investigators say they have found no evidence to support claims that the pair were victims of an assassination.

Al Fayed, owner of Harrod’s department store in London and the Ritz Hotel in Paris, is seeking $6 million in compensatory and punitive damages.

The flamboyant merchant alleges Fleer and his associates tried to dupe him out of $20 million with contrived tales involving secret government plots, international assassins and a covert investigation of the supposed murderers.

Phone messages left Tuesday for Fleer at his office were not immediately returned.