NEW YORK CITY, NY (The New York Post) – An official from the Democratic Republic of Congo allegedly groped a woman he’d never met in a shared Uber Wednesday — but was let go without charges after citing diplomatic immunity, police sources said.
“America has given diplomats immunity to come here and touch people inappropriately? I don’t understand,” said the outraged victim, a 31-year-old married mom of two, whose name is being withheld by The Post.
“He harassed me and I think he should pay for this,” she said.
The woman was already in an Uber Pool ride-share with a friend when the driver picked up Athys Kabongo Kolonji, Congo’s Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, at a strip club around 4 a.m., she said.
As the car moved through Queens, Kabongo allegedly slid his hand up the woman’s inner thigh and touched her over her crotch, sources said. The woman’s pal caught the touching and the woman shoving Kabongo off her on videotape, the victim said.
Cops brought Kabongo in for questioning — but let him go without charges when he claimed diplomatic immunity, sources said.
“I have witnesses that he put his hand up my skirt,” said the victim. “He harassed me. Period.”
A call to the DRC’s New York embassy went unanswered.