A lesbian fake taxi driver in Philadelphia is facing criminal charges for taking photos of a lesbian taxi driver’s genitals and sharing them on social media.
“The pictures were taken of the lesbian cab driver in the driver’s seat,” said Philadelphia Police spokeswoman Michelle Leibowitz.
The images were later shared on Facebook.
“As we continue to work with the city to investigate this matter, it is important to note that we do not believe there is a threat to the safety of the female driver,” Leibowitz said.
“We will not be releasing the pictures in this case because we do believe there are no threats to the female passenger’s safety.”
The driver, a lesbian, was arrested and charged with aggravated voyeurism, a misdemeanor, according to police.
The driver did not have any prior convictions for the crimes.
“This case is not isolated and is indicative of the widespread sexual exploitation of lesbian drivers by taxi companies,” Lebowitz said.
The suspect was also charged with reckless endangerment and aggravated indecent exposure, Lebowitz added.
“These charges are serious and we will prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law,” she said.
It’s not clear why the woman took photos of the cab driver, Leibovitz said, and it is unclear if she had been in the cab at the time of the incident.
A photo of the alleged sexual assault was also shared on Twitter.
“It is not uncommon for taxi drivers to be harassed, particularly in cities like Philadelphia where lesbian passengers are underrepresented,” Levitz said in a statement.
“Taxi drivers are frequently targets for inappropriate comments and lewd remarks.”
The photo of a female taxi driver was posted to social media in the name of a fake taxi company called Taxi Philadelphia.
The company posted a photo of her on their website in January of this year.
The woman has not been charged with any crime, but the incident is being investigated by the city’s taxi commission.
The owner of the fake taxi said the photos were not stolen, but that the driver had used a fake driver’s license and was not licensed to drive.
“I don’t believe the driver is the victim, but I do believe the owner of this company is the perpetrator,” said the owner, who asked not to be identified.
“That’s the reason I took the photos, to prove my innocence,” the owner said.
Lebovitz told Newsweek that she hopes the public gets to see the photos before the case is closed.
“If anyone has been harmed by this situation, I would like to be able to help,” Lebenowitz explained.
“When I first got this job I was shocked, and the fact that I would be exposed to this type of stuff made me really angry.”
The owner told Newsweek he plans to take legal action against the woman for violating a local law that prohibits discrimination in the workplace.
“She’s the one who created this company and it’s against the law, and I would really like to see her arrested,” he said.