‘Girls like you, I kill’: Alex Scott reveals she was almost kidnapped by an Uber driver who ‘tried to touch her and kiss her legs’ in Russia while she was covering the 2018 Moscow World Cup
The football pundit, 38, shared that on work trips, the BBC insisted that staff use official, pre-booked cars.
However, the pundit was out for the evening having a drink with a friend and chose to get an Uber back to her hotel with a male driver, who turned on her a few moments into the 15-minute drive.
Terrifying: Alex Scott has revealed that she was almost snatched by an Uber driver in Russia who tried to touch and kiss her while she was covering the 2018 Moscow World Cup for the BBC (pictured in October)
She explained how the incident unfolded in her memoir How (Not) To Be Strong, adding that he also said: ‘Tell them they will never see you again’, the Mirror reported.
Also in the terrifying ordeal, when Alex stammered: ‘I don’t understand’, the man added, speaking into his phone on Google Translate: ‘Tonight I am not taking you home. You come with me.’
The pundit was left numb and petrified when the driver continued to tell her ‘horrible’ things, saying that girls like her do not come home.
Alex, fearing for her safety as the doors were locked, messaged her agent and told him the situation.
Ordeal: Through Google Translate on his phone the cab driver said: ‘Girls like you, I kill’, with Alex only managing to escape when she told him she had to go and see Putin (Alex pictured in 2018)
She told him to send help if she was not back in the next 15 minutes.
The ordeal got worse, as the man then said: ‘Girls like you, I kill’ , via his Google Translate.
Her terror intensified and she began to think that she was not going to see her mother again.
The former Lioness revealed that she only managed to escape because she told him she was a friend of Putin, who she met that morning.
The former Lioness revealed that she only managed to escape because she told him she was a friend of Putin, who she met that morning (pictured in November in Qatar)
Alex wrote: ‘He started laughing. ‘No one sees Putin’. I was scrambling now, pulling up photos from the morning’s visit to the Kremlin that had made newspaper headlines.
His laughter faded and he began to realise what she was telling him, with the pundit saying: ‘If I don’t see Putin tomorrow, he will find you.’
Her driver soon began to take her back to her hotel, with the driver trying to touch her legs and kiss her before she escaped.
Alex said: ‘I knew then what a near-miss I’d had but, rather than confront it, I just… brushed aside the incident like it had never happened.
‘I didn’t want people to worry about me or think I couldn’t handle myself – just like when I was young.’
Near-miss: Alex said she knew she had a near-miss but brushed the incident aside like it had not happened (pictured at the GQ Men Of The Year Awards in November)