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By Ko Dong-hwanAn Uber driver in Chicago was acquitted Monday after being held in custody without bail since December on charges of rape. Cook County Attorney's Office in the state of Illinois dropped all criminal charges against Maxime Fohounhedo, 33, from the Western African country of Benin, who had been living in America for three years on a working visa. The acquittal came from analysis of a video recording obtained from a smartphone which showed what appeared to be a "friendly conversation" between him and the female passenger, an online news outlet reported Wednesday. The video ends with the passenger giving Fohounhedo "a big hug and a big kiss," the report added.
The woman previously told authorities Fohounhedo sexually assaulted her at a residence near her apartment. Her statement included that she had been drifting in and out of consciousness after she entered his taxi and later found herself in a building with Fohounhedo on top of her.Fohounhedo's lawyer, Shady Yassin, used the recording to refute the woman's claim, saying she couldn't have hugged or kissed him if she was in fear of her life.
Attorney's Office spokesman, Steve Campbell, said the office hasn't planned to press charges against the woman for filing a false report. The Korea Communications Commission (KCC) said Tuesday the watchdog body will not tolerate startups operating in Korea that violate domestic laws, no matter how innovative and creative they may be.
"Such services have to follow current domestic law, although existing laws cannot fully cover new services," KCC Chairman Choi Sung-joon said during a press conference. He said Uber "obviously goes against current regulations," while the Seoul Metropolitan Government and local taxi drivers claimed Uber violated the Public Transport Law.First released in the U.S. in 2009 and launching worldwide in 2012, Uber Technologies provides a global ride-sharing smartphone app. Korea introduced the ride-sharing platform "UberX" at the end of last year. The service stopped regular operations in January, and modified the system to follow local law and was re-launched as "uberBLACK," a limousine style service available to foreigners-only. Uber is expected to rake in from its global markets annual revenue of $10 billion by the end of 2015, with an annual growth rate of 300 percent, Business Insider said. The company is expected to go public in a few years with $50 to $100 billion valuation, with the last valuation exceeding $18 billion, the report added. Uber was not available at the time for an interview.
여성손님을 성폭행한 혐의로 지난 12월부터 구류 중이던 미국의 우버 택시기사가 월요일 무죄가 선고됐다고 외신이 수요일 보도했다.
쿡 카운티 법률사무소는 서부 아프리카 국가 베냉 출신인 맥심 포후네이도(Maxime Fohounhedo, 33)가 성폭행을 저지르지 않았다고 최후결론을 내렸다. 결정적인 단서는 맥심의 핸드폰에 담긴 영상이었다. 영상에 따르면 맥심과 여성손님은 다정하게 대화를 나누고 있었고 둘은 마지막에는 서로 안아주며 키스까지 했다. 여성은 작년 맥심을 성폭행 혐의로 고소했다.
맥심의 변호사인 쉐이디 야신(Shady Yassin)은 영상을 근거 삼아 성폭행이 실제로 일어났다면 이 둘이 이처럼 다정한 장면을 연출할 수가 없었을 것이라고 주장했다.
법률사무소는 여성에게 허위고소혐의를 물을 계획이 아직까지 없는 것으로 알려졌다.
경찰은 우버코리아 지사장 강모(32)씨와 총괄팀장 이모(27)씨를 여객자동차운수사업법 위반 등 혐의로 불구속 입건했다고 17일 밝혔다. 우버코리아 협력사인 E사 등 6곳의 렌터카 업체 대표들과 개인 운전자 등 27명도 같은 혐의로 입건됐다.