The NYC cab driver who made national news yesterday for kicking two hugging gay men out of his cab now says he did so because he was afraid they were about to have sex.
“I wanted to pay attention to getting them to their destination instead of worrying if they were going to have sex or not,” said Medhat Mohamed, who could face a slew of penalties, including license revocation and a fine of up to $1,000. Mohamed insisted he told Paul Bruno and his companion they could stay on board if they simply pulled themselves off each other and stopped distracting him. “I told them, ‘OK, guys, if you want to stay away from each other, I’m going to be very welcome to have you here and drive you to your destination,’ ” Mohamed said.
“They kept hugging and kissing. He was almost sitting on his lap. And I said, ‘OK, guys, come on, I’m driving.’ ” The driver insisted he would have acted the same if the fare was a heterosexual couple, saying, “It doesn’t matter to me if it’s two guys or a girl and a guy.” But the owner of his taxi medallion said Mohamed is Muslim and “in our religion, we can’t handle that stuff.” Mahmoud Elnefnawy, who runs Astoria Express Management, added, “There’s no kissing allowed in the cab. A man has to be a man.” Bruno insisted that Mohamed didn’t offer them the option to separate. “That never happened,” he said. “He never expressed an interest in our safety or the cab’s safety at all.”
This driver is done for. Yesterday I heard that Christine Quinn is furious about this.