Liz, 37, claims the driver “touched her under her skirt” as she rode in the front seat of the car before driving and forced her into the back seat.
She fought the driver in the horrific incident on February 11 and managed to escape back to her hotel in Chino Hills, just outside Los Angeles.
Legal documents seen by the New York Postshows that she claims the driver had been in circles before trying to rape her.
Their five-minute journey turned into a ’23-minute nightmare’ in which they struggled to get out of the car, after the driver initially admitted that she was sitting next to him because there was ‘too much stuff’ sat on the back seat.
Liz, with a pseudonym, claims she was ‘touched’ by her Uber driver who admitted that she was sitting in the front seat next to him during a five-minute ride. She was then forced after she “ran a circle” in the back of the car, during which the driver tried to rape her. (stock image)
Adam Slater, a partner at Slater Slater Schulman LLP, claims that the company has 550 women taking action against the company for sharing rides in the class-action lawsuit. It is set to be filed today in a California court, with the attorney claiming they are investigating at least 150 more incidents
Uber has said it is unable to comment on ongoing litigation, and was forced to pay $ 9 million last year to support passenger safety. She escaped a $ 59 million fine for failing to disclose sexual assault data in a deal with California regulators
The mother of three said: ‘I had had a few drinks and wanted to cross the street to the petrol station and my friend had suggested getting an Uber. So I thought I would try it, and it turned into a nightmare.
‘I was a little reluctant to get on the front seat, but this seemed like maybe my second or third time in my life taking an Uber, so I thought, well, this is normal.
“He was trying to start reaching for my skirt … I kept pushing him away and he got stronger, so I tried to open the door and he locked the door and I tried to open it.”
She claims that after about 20 minutes the driver forcibly stabbed her in the back and tried to rape her, but he opened the door after they frantically fought back and kicked his door.
Liz ran back to the hotel to call the reception police because her phone was still in the car, but her alleged attacker then brutally approached her location to return the device.
Married Liz, who uses the nickname, struggled to file a complaint via Uber and her account was blocked without even giving her the $ 7 back for the horror ride.
She initially did not prosecute because she was raped in her 20s, with the police investigation going nowhere.
Her friends and therapist eventually convinced her to take legal action because of the ‘hundreds of other women’ with whom this happened.
Liz added: “They said” there are not only you, but hundreds of other women with this happening, and how many times will you just leave this in the dark? It needs to be brought to light. “
Liz’s lawyers at Slater Slater Schulman LLP are seeking millions of dollars in compensation on behalf of hundreds of women in California state court in a class-action lawsuit they will file today.
Adam Slater, who represents the 550 women, claims that Ubers is trying to promote itself as a safe alternative to driving while intoxicated, making it a ‘magnet for sexual predators’.
He said they are investigating at least 150 more cases of abuse, adding: ‘There is so much more the company can do to protect riders: add cameras to stop attacks, perform more robust background checks on drivers, a warning system make sure drivers do not stay on the road to a destination. ‘
Married Liz claims she struggled to file a complaint through Uber and her account was blocked without even giving her the $ 7 back for the horror ride. She is now urging Uber to think about its ‘mothers or daughters’ and ‘fix this’ or just shut down the company
Liz agreed, saying that Uber “should put itself in the shoes of others” and added that they “should fix this or just close the company”.
She added: ‘I just hope the company has the heart in the long run to do something about this.
‘You know, to put yourself in the shoes of others and know that they never want their daughters or their sisters or their mother to ever go through that. That’s all.’
The new class action lawsuit comes after Uber last month released its second report on sexual abuse, acknowledging that nearly 6,000 people had been attacked while using their app for the previous two years.
Uber claimed there were less than 4,000 bad attacks in 2019 and 2020, adding that they had added new security protocols.
Uber, based in San Francisco, introduced extended background checks in drivers, which has led to 80,000 of them being banned from the app.
Last year, the ride-sharing company avoided a $ 59 million fine for failing to disclose sexual assault data in a deal with California regulators.
In December, they reached an agreement with the California Public Utilities Commission and were forced to pay $ 9 million to support security initiatives, as well as a $ 150,000 fine to the State General Fund.
Both Uber and Lyft have so far failed to honor a 2021 promise to release the names of abusive drivers, according to CNN.
A Uber spokesman told DailyMail.com: ‘Sexual assault is a heinous crime and we take any report seriously.
‘There is nothing more important than safety, which is why Uber has built new safety features, established survival-centric policies and been more transparent about serious incidents.
‘While we can not comment on pending lawsuits, we will continue to keep safety at the heart of our work.’
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