A New York City taxi driver is in trouble - for appearing to assault African American TV journalist Bevy Smith.
Bevy was at a charity event in midtown Manhattan, when she hopped inside the back of a taxicab. That's when things went left.
The taxi driver rudely told Bevy to "get out" of his car, claiming that he's "off duty."
Bevy suspects the driver was lying, and so the tv reporter pulled out her phone and exposed the taxi driver - suggesting that he refused to take her because he's racist.
Smith whipped out her phone and started recording him and his medallion. “I thought you weren’t working. You don’t want to take a black person, right?” Smith asks on the video.
The driver then tried to smack the phone out of Smith’s hand. “Now, you’re on video. Got you. I’m reporting you,” she said. The SiriusXM “Bevelations” host filed a police report and a complaint to the Taxi & Limousine Commission. “I’ve been discriminated against by [a driver] … I hop into his taxi & he said he wasn’t working! As a New Yorker I knew that was a lie, no one’s shift ends at 8:30,” Smith captioned her video.
She shared her story on “Good Day New York” with co-hosts Rosanna Scotto and Lori Stokes, who said she’d had a similar experience.
The appearance sparked the NYC TLC to respond: “Service refusals are illegal, and drivers can lose their license and/or face steep fines.”
Bevy told her fans, "This man will deny me a ride home & he should know better because I KNOW he’s been discriminated against many times, yet he treats me in a way he wouldn’t want to be treated, a disgrace!"
According to reports, the New York police is investigating the incident.