A woman in Philadelphia is accusing a driver for the popular smartphone-based car service, Uber, of raping her, as has been revealed in her testimony to police.
According to Philadelphia Magazine, the 33-year-old woman claims that the driver of her UberX vehicle ripped off her pants, held her arms down, and raped her, before refusing to let her out of the car for 2 hours as he continued to drive around.
She filed a claim with the police back in February 6th, but the car service company reportedly found out about the incident just recently.
The site reports:
The Philadelphia Police Department confirms that the investigation is still open, and that the case is being handled by the Special Victims Unit. Although the incident was reported to police more than 40 days ago, an Uber spokesperson tells us the company was unaware of the rape claim until we told them about it today. Neither Lieutenant Anthony McFadden nor Captain John Darby from Special Victims Unit was available for comment.
A spokesperson for Uber said in a statement of the incident:
“Our thoughts and prayers are with our rider,” says Uber spokesperson Taylor Bennett, who confirms that the person in question was an UberX driver. “Upon learning of the incident, we immediately reached out to the Philadelphia Police Department to assist in their investigation and support their efforts in any way we can. As the investigation continues, the driver’s access to the Uber platform has been suspended.”
We are keeping the passenger of the Uber car in our prayers during this traumatic time, and hope that police can get to the bottom of these incidents.
SOURCE: Philadelphia Magazine | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty