*”Blood, Sweat & Heels” star Geneva Thomas is under fire after an altercation with a New York taxi driver. But Thomas is defending herself, claiming the incident wasn’t her fault.
She was arrested for dodging her taxi fare, but she was wrongfully accused after the taxi driver tried to charge her fare to more than their agreed upon amount.
Rumor has it Thomas tried to dip on paying off her $18 fare. But that’s not true. She says she exited the cab after feeling verbally abused and unsafe — leading to her arrest.
But the reality star defended herself in a statement released by her publicist to YBF about the incident and the unnecessary misunderstanding that led to her arrest.
“On September 9, 2014, Geneva S. Thomas was involved in a dispute with a New York Yellow Taxi Cab Driver. Upon entering the vehicle, Geneva informed the driver of her desire to pay via credit card for services rendered and that she did not have cash,” her publicist revealed.
The publicist added, “the driver became threatening and hostile following a line of question as he attempted to deviate from the planned route as a method to unfairly increase the fare. The driver became defensive and tried to force Geneva out of the vehicle in a highly trafficked area.”
And that’s when Thomas called the police, but the tables were turned on her and she was arrested instead of resolving and figuring out her just fare with taxi driver.
“Geneva placed two calls to 911 to diffuse the disagreement—once while she was in the cab and secondly upon arrival at her final destination,” the publicist wrote. “Geneva values the time and services of others, and was fully prepared to pay the agreed rate of $15.00. Geneva, along with bystanders on the scene, offered to pay, and the cops refused to allow anyone to do so.”
The New York Police Department wouldn’t work with Thomas and bystanders in reaching an understanding — the statement brought up this common issue with NYPD.
“The New York Police Department proceeded with an immediate arrest without investigation. In this unfortunate situation, the New York Police Department’s unjust actions demonstrate an ongoing and well-documented pattern of behavior,” the statement said.
Even the taxi driver found the arrest to be extreme. The publicist added, “the cab driver himself stated the arrest was unnecessary. Geneva finds these charges to be frivolous and unwarranted, and looks forward to proving her innocence. Geneva and her team will take action to create awareness ensuring this never happens to another woman in New York City ever again.”