Uber pays damages to two UK women allegedly sexually assaulted using its service

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Uber has paid five-figure damages to two women allegedly sexually assaulted while using its service in the first case of its kind in the UK.

Two victims, who are in their 20s and 30s say they were attacked after ordering cabs through the Uber app in separate incidents in Leeds, which happened six days apart in 2015.

The law firm representing the women, Irwin Mitchell, has accused the tech giant of not investigating the first incident properly, which they said could have prevented the second alleged attack.

The first woman was celebrating her birthday on the evening of December 6, 2015, when she claims to have been groped by the breasts two times. The second woman booked an Uber on December 13 following a night out with friends.

She has said the driver then began rubbing her leg and touching her breasts, before trying to kiss her and attempting to force her to engage in a sex act.

Emma Crowther, the associate solicitor representing the women, said: “It is even more concerning that if Uber had properly investigated the alleged assault suffered by our first client then we believe that the driver would not have been free to go on and pick up the second woman just a week later.”



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