A female Uber driver accused an Oklahoma Republican state senator of forcefully grabbing and kissing her as she was dropping him off at a hotel last month, BuzzFeed News reports.
The 41-year-old driver approached an officer two days after the incident, stating the Sen. Bryce Marlatt assaulted her at around 10 p.m. on June 26. She then went to a nearby bar and was able to find him online, according to the police report BuzzFeed acquired.
The Uber driver told police that she wants to press charges, according to the report provided to BuzzFeed News. She said that Uber had refused to release information about the customer to her, but would provide it to law enforcement.
“What’s been reported is not tolerated and has no place on the Uber app,” the company said in a statement to BuzzFeed News. “We are working with the Oklahoma City Police Department and will provide any information to them that would be helpful for their ongoing investigation.”
Horrifyingly, Marlatt is the third Republican Oklahoma legislator to face allegations of sexual misconduct this year. The other two, a state representative and state senator, resigned after being accused of sexually harassing two former legislative assistance and soliciting sex from a 17-year-old boy, respectively.
Marlatt is serving his third term in office, winning with over 70 percent of the vote in the GOP primary, the Associated Press reports. He pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor in 2015 when an officer found him drunk and asleep in his running pickup truck.
“The Senator was shocked when her heard of the allegations from Uber,” Marlatt’s attorney Robert Don Gifford said in a statement to Jalopnik. “We are in contact with Uber to get to the bottom of this. While no one from law enforcement has contacted him, he is willing cooperate and wants to find out more about these allegations.”