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India rape victim sues Uber over medical record allegations

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A woman who was raped by an Uber driver in India in 2014 has filed a lawsuit for invasion of privacy and defamation against Uber and three executives for allegedly obtaining her medical records from the case and questioning whether it really took place. The woman, who is not named and currently lives in Texas, settled an earlier lawsuit with Uber in 2015.

"No one should have to go through a horrific experience like this, and we're truly sorry that she's had to relive it over the last few weeks," Uber said in a statement.

What happened: Recode recently reported that Eric Alexander (then Uber's head of Asia-Pacific) somehow obtained the victim's medical records and carried the documents around for quite some time. According to reports and the lawsuit, he allegedly also shared them with CEO Travis Kalanick and then-SVP of business Emil Micheal, and the three discussed whether the incident could be a hoax perpetrated by Uber's rival in India.

Alexander was fired when Recode inquired about the incident, and Michael resigned on Monday after an investigation into Uber's workplace issues recommended his departure. Kalanick is currently on leave.


  • It's still unclear how Alexander obtained the documents.
  • At the time, Uber publicly decried the situation and expressed satisfaction with the driver's conviction of rape.
  • Michael denies having seen the report, as Bloomberg has reported and Axios also has heard from sources.
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China slaps reciprocal tariffs on U.S. imports

China's President Xi Jinping speaks next to President Trump. Photo: Nicolas Asfouri// AFP / Getty Images

China announced plans to impose reciprocal tariffs on $3 billion of imports from the U.S., hours after President Trump ordered levies on a range of Chinese goods.

The details: China's plan includes a 25% tariff on U.S. pork imports as well as 15% tariffs on American steel pipes, fruit and wine, according to Bloomberg.

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Former Playmate alleges Trump tried to pay her after sex

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence walk into the Diplomat Room.
President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence walk into the Diplomat Room. Photo: Mark Wilson / Getty Images

Former Playboy model Karen McDougal detailed her relationship with President Trump — which he has denied — in an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper on Thursday night, including the first time she met Melania and how he tried to pay her after the first time they had sex.

The details: The alleged affair took place while he was married to Melania and shortly after his youngest son was born. McDougal said they met while the Apprentice was filming at the Playboy mansion, and began seeing each other "quite frequently." She told Cooper that Trump told her he loved her "all the time," and that there "was a real relationship there."