HOUSTON - A lawsuit alleging an Uber driver raped a passenger was recently filed.
Seeking more than $1 million in damages, Jane Doe filed suit against Khandaker Rahman and Uber Technologies on July 9 in Harris County District Court.
According to the petition, on June 14 Doe was a passenger in an Uber operated by Rahman in Houston. During the ride, Rahman forcibly assaulted her. He then stopped the vehicle and ultimately raped her.
“Despite Plaintiff’s repeated attempts to stop the assault, Defendant continued to do so,” the suit states. “This horrific incident occurred as Rahman was carrying out a fare as a driver for Uber.
“As a result of the incident, Plaintiff suffered measurable damages, and will continue to suffer from her injuries, including severe mental trauma.”
Andrew Dao, Doe's attorney, gave the following statement to the Record: “This horrific incident has changed our client’s life and taken her peace of mind. We hope in time there will be justice for what happened. That is the only comment we will have for now.”
The suit is accusing the defendants of gross negligence and Uber specifically for negligent hiring.
Doe is suing for her mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, medical expenses, impairment and loss of earnings.
Along with Dao, she is represented by attorneys Cornelia Brandfield-Harvey and Anthony Buzbee of The Buzbee Law Firm in Houston. Houston attorney Michael Nguyen of Nguyen & Ngo is also representing her.