Uber Agrees to Settle U.S. Lawsuit Filed by India Rape Victim

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Uber Agrees to Settle U.S. Lawsuit Filed by India Rape Victim


2017-12-09 02:39:28

The lawsuit cited several media reports that said Kalanick and others doubted the victim’s account of her ordeal.

“Uber executives duplicitously and publicly decried the rape, expressing sympathy for plaintiff, and shock and regret at the violent attack, while privately speculating, as outlandish as it is, that she had colluded with a rival company to harm Uber’s business,” the lawsuit said.

A source with knowledge of the matter previously told Reuters that Kalanick had told other Uber executives he believed the incident had been staged by Indian ride-services rival Ola.

In a prior statement, while Kalanick was CEO, Uber said: “No one should have to go through a horrific experience like this, and we’re truly sorry that she’s had to relive it.”

A spokesman for Kalanick was not immediately available for comment on Friday.

Uber’s actions have led to a criminal probe by the U.S. Department of Justice of whether managers violated U.S. bribery laws, specifically the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the company said in June.

The Justice Department did not say on what country or countries the investigation centred on. Bloomberg said it focussed on activity in at least five Asian countries. Uber has also notified U.S. authorities about payments made by Uber staff to police officers in Indonesia, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Uber previously hired law firm O’Melveny & Myers LLP to investigate how it obtained the medical records of the rape victim, Reuters reported in June.

(Reporting by Dan Levine and Heather Somerville in San Francisco; Editing by Richard Chang and Sandra Maler)

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