The clip of the furious encounter, which occurred on March 7, shows Kimiai saying “f*** the mask,” before reaching forward to grab Khadka’s phone and yelling: “What you gonna do?”
She continues to scream and swear at him, while sitting beside her two friends in the back of the car, as he tells her: “You don’t touch my property. You didn’t buy it, I bought it, I worked hard for it.”
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Days after police launched an investigation, Kimiai’s lawyer Seth Morris confirmed that she had handed herself in “peacefully” to San Francisco Police of her own volition.
“Ms Kimiai acted appropriately and responsibly when she found out she had a warrant for her arrest, coordinating her peaceful surrender through her legal counsel and the SFPD,” Morris said in a statement.
Prior to her detainment, Kimiai defended herself in a bizarre selfie video.
Sporting nothing but a pink lace plunge bra and knickers, Kimiai claimed Khadka had forced her to exit the vehicle on a freeway and refused to wait for another Uber to arrive, which she argued was unsafe because it was “in the hood”.
The 24-year-old suggested the driver was “lucky as hell” she didn’t beat him up, adding: “Cause if he would’ve played with me it would’ve been a whole different story.”
She continued: “Everybody I know would have smacked the s*** out of him or done something crazy. All I did was take his mask off and cough a little bit but I don’t even have corona.”
She then admitted that this behaviour was “disrespectful as f***,” adding “I was dead a** wrong for that.”
But rather than apologise, she insisted it “could have been avoided if he’d just waited.”
Her Instagram account has since disappeared, San Francisco news site SFist reports.
Kimiai in the now deleted Instagram video
Fellow rider Malaysia King, also 24, was also arrested for her aggression towards Khadka last month.
In the video, she can also be seen coughing, shouting and laughing at the 32-year-old as he attempts to defend himself against his unruly passengers.
After the camera stopped, King allegedly reached into the window and sprayed what is believed to have been pepper spray into the car.
She was arrested on March 11 on a number of charges for assault with a caustic chemical, assault and battery.
The third woman, who has not been identified, wasn’t charged but Uber confirmed that it had banned all three riders.
#BREAKING A police source says two of the women are now wanted for the assault and robbery of the SF Uber driver. T… https://t.co/ySefBRbxFo