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Uber driver allegedly rapes passenger in early-morning attack the company calls ‘horrible’

Authorities in Massachusetts say a driver for Uber was arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a passenger early Saturday morning.

According to Fox News, the incident occurred at about 1:15 a.m. in Boston.

According to a statement from the Massachusetts State Police, a female passenger alleged 37-year-old Daudah Mayanja raped her on Storrow Drive. He issued a statement defending himself against the allegations.

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“That information that aired outside is wrong and false,” Mayanja said in an interview with WCVB. “She jumped from the backseat to the driver’s seat. When I pulled over, she jumped out from the car, [and] I left the scene. I called my bosses because, after, I noticed that she left her bag inside my car. I called the Uber offices to tell them about the situation.”

Reports indicate Mayanja is expected to face two criminal counts of rape and remained behind bars as of the latest updates available with bail set at $100,000. He is set to appear in court on Monday for an arraignment hearing.

The Waltham resident was identified as a citizen of Uganda. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has additionally placed a detainer on him, according to reports.

Police say the victim was treated at an area hospital following the incident.

An Uber spokesperson described the allegations as “horrible and something no one should ever go through,” affirming that the company will cooperate with investigators as the case moves forward.

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