'It's degrading': Woman driving for Uber says passenger sexually assaulted her

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Uber has removed a man's access to its app after one of its female drivers said he sexually assaulted her.

The 42-year-old driver, who ABC13 is not identifying due to the nature of the alleged crime, said she was attacked when they arrived at his destination.

It happened April 13 around 5:45 a.m. She says she picked up the man she described as "drunk and high" on Vicksburg near I-10, and then dropped him off at the Wood Bayou Apartments on Maxey Road. That's when, she says, he jumped into the front passenger seat and sexually assaulted her.

"Physically grabbed my hair from the back of my head and forced me down. It's degrading," she said.

She eventually broke free and he took off. She reported the assault to Uber that morning and then to law enforcement two days later after wrestling with some tough thoughts.

"There's a whole bunch of guilt there, even though I know it wasn't my fault," she said.

In a statement, an Uber spokeswoman said, "What's been described is horrible and something no one should ever go through. We will fully cooperate with law enforcement to support their investigation and the individual no longer has access to the Uber app."

ABC13 Eyewitness News has confirmed the Harris County Sheriff's Office Adult Sex Crimes Unit is investigating and the driver underwent a rape kit.

She is still driving for Uber, facing her fear and hoping the man she says attacked her will be held accountable.

"The potential of someone else being victimized weighs heavily on my mind. I would have a hard time with my conscience if I didn't push to get some kind of justice."

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