Uber Technologies Inc.’s CEO, Travis Kalanick and his associate Emil Michael, over the years, have had a particular theory: they suggested to colleagues that their Indian competitors have framed Uber for a criminal violation of India, according to The people familiar with the matter.
In early December 2014, a Uber driver took a woman in an isolated area and raped her, a court in New Delhi said. Shiv Kumar Yadav, the driver of Uber, was sentenced in October 2015 for rape and abduction. The case has become a focal point for the debate about the safety of a new concept of services provided by the company in San Francisco. By the end of 2014, car shrink applications have been banned temporarily in Delhi.
Kalanick and Michael periodically discuss the case at the moment. One of the best deputies Michael, Eric Alexander, told several people that he had to struggle to investigate. He obtained a copy of the rape victim’s medical examination, said four people, who asked not to be identified because of the sensitive nature of the issue. Alexander, who oversaw the company’s expansion across Asia, often carried the document, said the people.
Alexander and Michael Kalanick discuss the possibility that India’s rival Ola may have helped orchestrate an anti-Uber scandal, according to people familiar with the talks. After the driver has been convicted Kalanick again voiced doubts to his friends and colleagues on whether the woman had been raped, according to two people, including Gabi Holzwarth, an ex-girlfriend who responded to questions from Bloomberg. A person close to Kalanick said he assumes the victim’s story was like this from the beginning and never believed in the conspiracy theory Wave.
After questions from Bloomberg on Tuesday Uber said Alexander, who was until recently the president of the company in Asia Pacific, no longer worked for the company, refusing to comment further. Alexander refused to comment, like Kalanick and Michael by a spokesman. Ola had no immediate comments. Recode reported Alexander’s departure and possession of the previous medical records on Wednesday.
Current and former employees said they expressed serious concerns about how Alexander has obtained and submitted the report detailing the results of an invasive medical examination. Alexander got the Uber Law Firm folder, said two people. Alexander thought he needed to assess the civil lawsuit against Uber, one person said. He told his colleagues that the report includes a lack of physical harm to the victim, which compromises allegations of rape, people said. Alexander cooperated with the police and testified as a witness to the indictment in the case.
Bloomberg has not seen a copy of the medical report. Rape can occur when there is no evidence of physical damage.
Uber is responding to two polls that the company has committed a labor breach after allegations of harassment, discrimination and potential criminal activity. The company said on Tuesday it had demolished more than 20 people for human resource violations, and is expected to take other actions in the next week. Managing the incident in India Uber illustrates the challenge faced by investigators and the board by dissecting one of the most growing companies, whose operations now include more than 12,000 employees and 500 more cities around the world. It also shows that leaders were willing to go to extremes in their attempts to protect the company.
An investigation by former US Attorney General Eric Holder examined a number of issues including the use of a software tool to deceive government officials and a meeting at a karaoke bar in Seoul in 2014, Said people familiar with the matter. Alexander Kalanick and Michael were among the employees of South Korea’s Uber Bar, where customers can call women using numbered labels on their tables, according to Holzwarth, the ex-girlfriend who said she was there.