Uber driver charged with kidnapping, assaulting passenger

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Uber may be the most valuable privately held company in the world, but that doesn't mean it's making money. The company lost at least $1.27 billion in the first half of this year, according to Bloomberg News. Uber declined to comment on the report, but Bloomberg reported that Uber's head of finance Gautam Gupta shared the losses during a call with shareholders on Friday.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Police say an Uber driver is facing kidnapping and assault charges after taking an unconscious female passenger to a Maryland hotel.

Prince George’s County Police Uber driver Westagne Pierre picked up a female passenger at a bar in the District of Columbia and took her to a hotel about 10 miles northeast in College Park instead of dropping her off at home in Virginia. At the hotel, police say Pierre carried the woman from the car into a hotel room.

The Washington Post reports that charging documents say Pierre can be seen on motel surveillance video carrying the unconscious woman to a room. Police say Pierre also used the woman’s credit card.

Esteban Gergely, an attorney for Pierre, tells the newspaper that Pierre denies there was a lack of consent.

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