Uber Investigating After USC Student Accuses Driver of Rape

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A female University of Southern California student reported being raped by a driver after taking a car service home from an off-campus party recently, according to a crime alert issued by the USC Department of Public Safety.

The alleged sexual assault occurred Saturday around 1 a.m. in the 2600 block of Ellendale Place (map), which is several blocks away from campus in the University Park neighborhood of South Los Angeles.

The student told campus police that she was attending a party in downtown L.A. and called the car service to pick her up and take her home after consuming alcohol, the crime alert stated.

After that, she did not recall any activity, according to the alert.

The victim later contacted the driver, who then allegedly told her that the two had sexual intercourse, USC’s Department of Public Safety said. She told authorities she did not recall consenting to any sexual activity.

Although USC has not named which car service the student used, Uber issued a statement Friday about the incident.

“As soon as we learned of this situation we started an investigation and reached out to law enforcement to offer our help,” Uber Spokesperson Taylor Patterson said in an email to KTLA.

The alleged assault was also being investigated by the university and also by the Los Angeles Police Department, according to the alert.

Anyone with information was asked to call the Department of Public Safety at 213-740-6000 or LAPD’s Southwest Division at 213- 485-6571.

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