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Anjali Ramkissoon, Uber-Driver-Attack Med Student, Is 'Sorry'

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By    |   Thursday, 28 Jan 2016 07:06 AM

Anjali Ramkissoon, the fourth-year neurology student whose assault on an Uber driver went viral on the Internet, made a public apology and said she was "ashamed" of her actions this week.

"I see a person that is not me. I’m ashamed. I still can’t watch the entire video," Ramkissoon told ABC News.  (Video is below.)

"In the moment I was just so angry. I wasn’t really thinking and if I could take it back I would. There is absolutely no excuse for my actions. I am ashamed. I am so sorry. I've hurt so many people with this."

Ramkissoon explained that she had obviously been drinking that night, that her father had been admitted to the hospital that day, and that she had broken up with her boyfriend of two years just before the incident occurred.

"I was extremely stressed out that day. It was probably one of the worst days of my life and I was caught at my lowest moment. Nothing like this has ever happened," she said.

"I made a huge mistake, the biggest mistake of my life, and that person is not me," she added.

Ramkissoon said she made amends with the Uber driver the same night that she lost her temper.

"We actually settled while we were out there. I paid for the damages and I apologized to him and he accepted my apology," Ramkissoon said. "I’m so thankful that he did not press charges, that he did not have me arrested."

Ramkissoon has been placed on administrative leave by her employer, which is investigating the incident.

"I get it. I did something extremely horrible and I'm also extremely sorry for it," she said.

According to The Huffington Post, the online and offline reactions to the Ramkissoon video, which has been viewed millions of times, are a case study in humanity's ability to publicly shame. 

After the incident, Ramkissoon had death threats, racial slurs, and instructions to kill herself hurled at her via social media. Other's said she should have suffered violent abuse or rape in return for her actions.

"I did it and I’m ashamed of what I did and this would never happen again," she said. "At the same time, I think that I should also speak out to send a message out to people and the public to be careful and use my story as a lesson to be careful what you do in public because the things that we do can be taped and we can have to suffer severe ramifications for these things."



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