A West Hollywood woman sued Uber Technologies on Thursday, alleging that the ride-hailing company’s negligence led to her being raped by an Uber driver.
The lawsuit, which was filed in the Superior Court of Los Angeles on behalf of the 27-year-old plaintiff, said the San Francisco company “aggressively promotes its safety … [but] instead of delivering Plaintiff a safe ride to her destination, Uber introduced Plaintiff to her rapist — her Uber driver.
“The company’s website says [it’s] ‘A ride you can always trust,’ and ‘Uber is dedicated to keeping people safe on the road’ — unfortunately, Uber failed in its promise to keep Plaintiff safe,” said the lawsuit, filed by attorney Antonio Castillo III.
The incident allegedly occurred July 21, 2014, when the plaintiff took an Uber to her boyfriend’s home after a night out. According to the lawsuit, she never made it to his house, and the last thing she remembers was taking a sip from a water bottle provided by the driver while in the passenger seat of his car (it is not uncommon for Uber drivers to offer passengers water bottles, mints and gum).
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