(NEW YORK) — The Florida doctor captured on video lashing out at an Uber driver in downtown Miami says she is ashamed of her actions and says she and her family have been targeted since the video’s release.
“I see a person that is not me. I’m ashamed,” Anjali Ramkissoon said Wednesday on ABC’s Good Morning America of the video that shows her berating the driver. “I still can’t watch the entire video. Anytime someone brings it up or tries to ask me what was happening at this point, I can’t.”
Ramkissoon, a fourth-year neurology resident, can be seen in the video berating the driver, trying to hit him, and throwing items out of the window of the passenger seat, and ultimately trying to knee the driver.
“In the moment I was just so angry. I wasn’t really thinking and if I could take it back I would,” Ramkissoon said. “I had a bad night. I made a huge mistake. The biggest mistake of my life. That person is not me.”
“In the events leading up to that point, my father had been placed in the hospital and, just minutes prior to that altercation with the Uber driver, my boyfriend and I of two years had just broken up,” Ramkissoon said on GMA. “He went home. I was there by myself.”
Yes,” Ramkissoon replied when asked if she’d been drinking. “I’d actually driven to that place that night but I did not want to drive my car home so I left my car there and that is why I was trying to get the Uber to get home.”
The customer who ordered the Uber car filmed the heated incident on his cellphone and posted the video on YouTube on Jan. 17.
Ramkissoon, who can be heard telling the Uber driver, “I’m getting really like belligerent right now,” says she was cyberbullied after the video’s release.
“My family was targeted. Their address was leaked,” she said. “I’ve received messages telling me that I should kill myself, that I should have been raped that night.”
“I think it’s ridiculous and I’m here to own up to what I did,” Ramkissoon said. “I’m taking responsibility for it and I’m asking for forgiveness.”
The Uber driver declined to press charges against Ramkissoon, for which she says she is “grateful.” Uber told ABC News they’ve suspended Ramkissoon’s account while the incident is investigated.
“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 and removed from all clinical duties, by her employer, the Jackson Health System. An internal investigation is underway to “determine if any disciplinary action will be taken, up to and including termination,” a hospital spokesperson told ABC News last week.
When asked about the potential damage the incident did to her medical career, Ramkissoon says she hopes she can stand as a lesson to others.
“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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