USC Student Says She Was Raped by an Uber Driver
UPDATE at 6:25 p.m. on Thursday, April 30, 2015: Uber speaks. Plus, police say the alleged assault did not happen inside a vehicle. More below.
A USC student told authorities she was raped by an Uber driver last week, according to campus officials.
The university issued a crime alert about the case last night.
The alert says the alleged sexual assault took place Saturday at approximately 1 a.m. The student says she took an Uber from a downtown party and that she was too drunk to remember much else, according to the USC report.
The victim later contacted the driver of the car, and he told her they had sexual intercourse. The victim does not recall giving consent to sexual activity.
California law says that people must be sober enough to give consent to have sex.
A USC spokesman said detectives at the Los Angeles Police Department's Southwest division were investigating the report.
We reached out to the division but could not reach anyone. We also contacted Uber to allow the company to respond. We had yet to hear back, but Uber usually does respond to media requests. When it does, we'll add what the firm has to say below.
Anyone with information on the case was asked to call authorities at (213) 485-6571.
UPDATE at 5:38 p.m. on Thursday, April 30, 2015: A USC spokesman wanted to make it clear that the school has not confirmed or denied that the ride-share driver in question was working for Uber.
In a March USC crime alert about an alleged sexual battery, the school recommended that students use Uber to be safe:
Avoid walking alone. Use Campus Cruiser (213)740-4911, Uber on Thursday through Sunday nights, from 8pm until midnight. www.Uber.com/GO/USC2015.
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LAPD spokesman Jack Richter says that the alleged assault was reported three days after the victim said it took place.
He said the victim believes the crime happened Saturday at 2 a.m.
"So far it's totally just alleged," he said. "It did not occur on campus and did not occur in a car."
UPDATE at 6:25 p.m: Uber spokeswoman Taylor Patterson sent us this statement about the situation:
As soon as we learned of this situation, we started an investigation and reached out to law enforcement to offer our help.
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