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Woman accuses Oregon Taxi driver of sexual assault in suit

January 6, 2020 GMT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A Springfield woman has filed a $1.5 million lawsuit against Oregon Taxi and one of the company’s drivers, accusing the driver of sexual assault.

The Register-Guard reports the woman told Springfield police after the alleged incident, but no charges have been filed.

The Springfield police spokesperson was out of the office Monday. A call Monday to Oregon Taxi was not immediately returned and it is not known if the driver still works for the company.

The Register-Guard does not name alleged victims of sexual assault.

According to the lawsuit, the woman and her neighbor used the taxi service at 1:45 a.m. on May 30, 2018 in Springfield. The driver dropped off the neighbor at McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center. The driver then took the woman to her Springfield home, the lawsuit states.

The driver forcibly engaged in unprotected sexual intercourse and other sexual acts with her, inside and outside of the taxi and in her home, according to the lawsuit. Because of her level of intoxication, the lawsuit states, the woman did not and could not consent to the sexual acts.

The woman alleges she suffered pain, discomfort, suffering, embarrassment and extreme emotional distress. She’s also suing for medical and therapy expenses.