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Back seat gay hug allegedly triggers Uber driver to intentionally injure rider

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Taray Carey - Facebook

Adding to the many stories of rideshare drivers becoming incensed by their gay fares, a New York couple claims that an Uber driver dragged one of them for nearly a block after they hugged in the backseat. 

Taray Carey, his husband Alex Majkowski and a friend called an Uber for a quick trip to Manhattan, but according to the NBC News in New York they say it turned into a ride of terror after the driver went into a homophobic rant.  

“He’s telling us in his country we would be beheaded and left for dead,” said Carey, who in the report shows the injuries he sustained from the incident. 

“I said let me out let me out let me out just over and over until he stopped,” he said.

Details of what happened when police arrived are conflicting. The couple say the officers refused to investigate it as a hate crime and told one of the alleged victims that he  “probably deserved it.”

Carey said, “I was very emotional,”

But video captured by law enforcement gives a different account.

“At no time did any of the officers mock the victim, tell him that he probably deserved it or laugh at him,” the NYPD said. They also claim Carey was intoxicated when they arrived on scene. 

They admit the report is not labeled as a hate crime, rather a vehicle leaving the scene of an accident.

In a Facebook post, Carey implored people to share his message and pictures,

"Tonight I was thrown out of an #uber by a homophobe," Carey writes "I tried to step out, and he gunned it while my husband was still in the back seat. My friend jumped out when we got to a red light, while the #Uberdriver continued to call us fa**ots, and told us we would be beheaded in his country. This is not ok! If any of my friends see [Info withheld due to ongoing investigation] do not ride with him! We called the police from the 9th precinct, and they did nothing but patronize us. Be aware, and stay safe. @ East Village, Manhattan." 

New York's Taxi and Limousine Commission have not revoked the driver's license until they interview the couple. 

However Uber has removed the driver from its application.