Female Uber driver accuses US Senator of sexual harassment

A female Uber driver has accused a Republican state senator Bryce Marlattfrom Oklahoma of sexually harassing her.

The driver said she picked up Marlatt around 10 p.m. on June 26 to drop him off at a hotel in Oklahoma City.

She then claimed that Marlatt later grabbed her forcefully and started kissing her neck while she was driving.

“She was giving this person a ride,” said Oklahoma City Police Department Master Sergeant Gary Knight, according to KFOR News. “He was in the back seat. And, he kept reaching around, grabbing her, kissing on her, things along those lines.”

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Two days later, the driver reported the incident and said “she was unsure what she needed to do,” according to a police report obtained by BuzzFeed that redacted the names of the driver and the alleged assailant. Based on basic information, the driver was able to find a picture of Marlatt online.

“The senator was shocked and surprised at the allegations,” said Robert Don Gifford, Marlatt’s attorney. “He was, he really wants to get to the bottom of this. He’s asked us to reach out to Uber, which we have. We’re trying to get to the bottom of this and figure out what’s going on.”

According to the police report filed by the driver, Uber declined to provide her with information about her passenger; however, Uber said it was releasing information to law-enforcement officials.

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