Uber hiring law firm to probe handling of India rape case: report

Uber hiring law firm to probe handling of India rape case: report
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Uber has hired another law firm to conduct an investigation into the ride-sharing company, this time to probe how one of its executives obtained an Indian rape victim’s medical records, according to Reuters.

O'Melveny & Myers LLP was brought in to investigate after employees gave conflicting accounts of how former Uber Asia executive Eric Alexander acquired the documents, two unidentified sources told Reuters.

Alexander was reportedly fired this month when the tech news site Recode was in the process of reporting the story and confronted Uber about his status with the company.


The woman, identified only as Jane Doe, has sued Uber for obtaining her records after she accused one of its drivers in Delhi of raping her. The driver is currently serving life in prison.

O'Melveny & Myers is reportedly looking into whether bribery was involved in obtaining the documents, though Reuters has not found evidence to show that it was. The investigation is still in its early stages.

One source told the news outlet that Alexander and former CEO Travis Kalanick discussed whether the rape had been fabricated in order to cast a negative light on the company.

A spokeswoman for Alexander told the outlet that he obtained the records through legal methods and denied that he was skeptical of the woman’s allegations.

A source also told Reuters that the investigation is what prompted investors to demand Kalanick’s resignation earlier this week.