Uber driver accused of homophobia after 'kicking a gay couple out for kissing'

The driver has been suspended by Uber while the incident is investigated

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A gay couple have claimed that they were thrown out of an Uber cab in London for kissing.

Corey Watts and Jordan Sloan told ITV News that they were travelling from Covent Garden at approximately 8pm on New Year’s Day when the driver pulled over and told them to get out.

“We were kissing and cuddled next to each other when a minute or two after picking us up he pulled over and told us to get out," Mr Sloan told ITV News.

Asking why they were being kicked out, the driver allegedly replied: "I take gays, but they don’t normally do this."

Watts, 23, said he was a bit "hot-headed" when he heard what the driver had said, accusing him of "disgusting homophobia".

After challenging the driver and asking whether he would "do the same thing if it was a guy or a girl?", Mr Sloan says that he drove away.

The driver has been suspended by Uber while the incident is investigated.

watts-sloatjpg.jpg Mr Sloan, from Toronto, Canada, told ITV: "I've never had any homophobic stuff happen to me so I was caught off guard.

"You don't expect it to happen in one of the world's biggest cities.

"I wanted to understand what he was thinking so I asked the driver: 'Would you do the same thing if it was a guy or a girl?'"

He said the driver then drove away. The couple were charged for the brief journey but later refunded.

An Uber spokesperson told ITV News: "Uber does not tolerate any form of discrimination either by our partner drivers or towards our partner drivers.

"We opened an investigation from the moment we learned of this unacceptable incident and have been in contact with the rider to extended our sincere apologies and get further information.

"The driver concerned has been suspended from the Uber platform."