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UBER Driver Verbally Assaults Gay Couple Then Drags Them As He Drives Away

A NYC Uber driver verbally bombarded a gay newlywed couple with anti-gay slurs for kissing in the back of his car early Wednesday in Manhattan, then drove off as one of the men was exiting the ride, dragging and leaving him with cuts and bruises.

Taray Carey and his new husband, Alex Majkowski, were headed with a friend to a bar near the couple’s East Village home when the trio ordered the Uber ride-share near West 52nd Street and Ninth Avenue around 1:50 a.m. Wednesday morning,

Near the end of the ride, Carey and Majkowski shared a quick kiss in the backseat of the Toyota Camry.

“Are you f-gs?” the driver asked “Are you f—-ts? Are you f—-ts?” the driver railed. “In my country you’d be beheaded for that,” adding that he was from Russia.

The driver, who was identified only as “Denis” by a screenshot Carey took of his Uber profile, then “started driving like a madman,” said Carey. 

The couple’s friend hopped out first when the car was stopped at a red light.

Carey tried to follow and was halfway out the door when he realized he was snagged on the seatbelt — and the driver took off.

Carey said he was dragged about a quarter of a block near East Fourth Street and Second Avenue, leaving him with cuts and scrapes on his hand and knee, as well as a “golf ball”-sized welt on the back of his head.

Carey was refunded the $17.46 for his trip, and Uber was probing the complaint, a spokesperson said.

“What’s been reported is very concerning to us,” the statement said. “Uber does not tolerate any form of discrimination. The driver’s access to the app has been removed as we continue to investigate.”

 

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Will Kohler

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