Pop star Nikki Williams accuses Uber driver of sexual harassment

Hot on the heels of rape and kidnapping charges for a Boston-area Uber driver, the scandal-plagued taxi service has added a celebrity to its roster of victims: Nikki Williams.

The South African singer-songwriter had hired a car in Los Angeles for a presumably uneventful ride home. Once she arrived, however, her chauffeur made an aggressive move:

We’ve reached out to Williams for further comment and will update with details as we receive them, but her experience reconfirms the uselessness of Uber’s employee background checks.

Meanwhile, it sounds as if drivers working for Uber and Lyft have more than their fair share of consensual sex on the job.

Thinking of becoming a full-time pedestrian? Can’t say we blame you.

Update Dec. 20, 2:52pm ET: Uber has issued a statement: “Uber has zero tolerance for this behavior and we apologize to Ms. Williams for the awful experience. We immediately deactivated the driver and have begun an investigation.”      

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Miles Klee

Miles Klee

Miles Klee is a novelist and web culture reporter. The former editor of the Daily Dot’s Unclick section, Klee’s essays, satire, and fiction have appeared in Lapham’s Quarterly, Vanity Fair, 3:AM, Salon, the Awl, the New York Observer, the Millions,  and the Village Voice. He's the author of two odd books of fiction, 'Ivyland' and 'True False.'