Arna Kimiai, dubbed the ‘Uber cough monster,’ pleads NOT GUILTY after admitting to spitting on a driver in a now-famous topless video.
Arna Kimiai, the alleged ‘Uber monster,’ has pleaded not guilty to all charges after previously admitting to bad behavior in a meandering topless Instagram video last month.
According to SFist, Arna Kimiai, 24, and her friend, Malaysia King, 24, were both arrested and charged last month in connection with the much-publicized March 7 attack on Uber driver Subhakar Khadka. A third passenger was present, but neither she nor her identity have been released.
Khadka claims he was attacked by the pair after requesting they wear masks to avoid contracting coronavirus.
It eventually resulted in the young women becoming belligerent, with video footage showing Kimiai coughing on Khadka and taking off his own face mask in a performative manner.
Arna Kimiai, the alleged Uber beast, pleaded not guilty last week to felony assault and attempted first-degree robbery charges, KTLA posted.
Additionally, she is charged with misdemeanor assault on a transit employee and violating a local health ordinance.
Kimiai is now free on bail awaiting a hearing on May 3.
She surrendered to police about a week after the video went viral on social media.
“We arranged her surrender with Sgt. Tony Santos of the San Francisco Police Department to ensure a peaceful and expeditious resolution,” an attorney for suspected Uber monster passenger Arna Kimiai previously said.
“When she discovered she was the subject of an arrest warrant, Ms. Kimiai behaved properly and professionally by arranging her peaceful surrender with her legal team and the SFPD. At the moment, we have no further comment.”
Kimiai maintained her innocence after effectively admitting to the attack during an Instagram Live video in which she appeared wearing nothing but a bra.
Her social media profile has since been removed.
“I’m not going to lie; that was incredibly arrogant as f–k. I was dead wrong,” Arna admitted. Kimiai admitted to the behavior that earned her the moniker of Uber bully and beast on the internet.
Additionally, she told her followers that she disliked Uber and favored Lyft.
Lyft later released a statement criticizing Kimiai’s actions and indefinitely banning her.
Though Kimiai is out on bail, she has been ordered to meet with a case manager three times a week in the weeks leading up to her next court hearings, CBS San Francisco reported.