An Uber driver in Orlando was arrested and charged with battery after he allegedly put his hand down a female passenger’s shirt and drove around aimlessly while commenting on her looks.
The man, identified as Ramy Botros, told police in an interview that “in Egypt if girl like her” dresses similarly “it means she asking for that,” according to the arrest affidavit.
The victim was being picked up by the car-for-hire service and taken to meet her boyfriend at around 10 p.m. on Sept. 19. She told police that when she got in Botros’s Honda Civic, he started driving in an unusual pattern, backtracking several times, and making comments about how “attractive” and “pretty” she was.
Botros eventually stopped the car and allegedly put his hand in her tank top and aggressively touched her breast, according to the victim’s statement to police.
She told him to stop several times and asked him to take her to her destination, court records show. “Do not touch my boobs or I will hit you in your face!” she said, according to the affidavit.
She said she tried to remain calm to avoid upsetting Botros. When they arrived at her destination, the affidavit said, she asked Botros for a business card, left the car and called the police.
In an interview with police, Botros said he worked as a musician and for Uber. He said that because the victim was wearing a revealing shirt with no bra, “she was asking for that.”
He was arrested by Orlando Police and charged with battery.
In response to several disturbing cases involving its drivers, Uber recently expanded its background-check program. It includes looks at county, federal and multi-state records going back seven years, as far back as California law allows, the company has said.
In a written statement provided to The Post, the company said that “rider safety is Uber’s #1 priority. We take reports like this seriously and are treating the matter with utmost urgency and care. We have suspended the driver’s account while we investigate, as is our policy, and stand ready to assist authorities in any investigation.”
And while no system is perfect, incidents like this continue to occur and drivers have even alleged that they have found ways to cheat Uber’s background-check system.