Alex Iovine and Emma Pichl told New York's WABC that the two kissed briefly while crossing the Manhattan Bridge, and that their Uber driver "abruptly" pulled over a few minutes later and "aggressively" approached them.
El Boutari told the New York Daily News that the women played loud music on their phones and one put her feet on the seat. 'We leaned in for a peck, and that's what it was, a legit peck'.
Once over the bridge, Iovine said the driver suddenly pulled over and told the women to get out of the auto. RAW VIDEO: Alex started taking video. not knowing what was going to happen.
She said they had had two drinks at the Gowanus bar, but were far from drunk.
Uber CEO Dana Khosrowshahi said the driver doesn't "belong driving, period".
Ms Pichl, who noted that neither she nor Ms Iovine was intoxicated, added: "He started yelling at us that we were disrespectful and inappropriate and that he wants us out of his auto ... we were going back and forth trying to understand".
They say Ahmad El Boutari forced them out.
Alex Iovine and her girlfriend, Emma Pichl, are accusing an Uber driver in New York City of discriminating against them after he allegedly kicked them out of the auto for kissing in the backseat. "You can't do that in the vehicle".
"You are not allowed ... it's disrespectful ... it's disrespectful".
The women press him for a better explanation for cutting the ride short.
The couple questioned him about his decision and asked him why they were not allowed to kiss. The driver is seen exclaiming in the video that what the couple did is illegal.
In video posted to Iovine's Facebook page, you hear the women asking the driver, "What's the issue?"
When one of the women asked whether kissing was against Uber policy, the driver replied, "I don't want to argue with you".
The driver says: "Yeah, it is illegal".
"Get off of her phone. We don't get out there much and march in the parade", Iovine says.
The hack, who has been licensed since September 2014 and has no other active complaints against him, said he took offense to more than just the tonsil hockey.
"I don't give a shit about them". "I thought he was kidding and then Alex said, 'I don't think he is'".
Elbotari said the couple were acting crude in his cab.
"It's my own auto, I didn't feel comfortable with them", Elbotari said.
The women say that the driver soon pulled over, opened the doors, and said, "You should not do that".
El Boutari added that he would have acted similarly if it had been a straight couple, though he admitted that he has "less tolerance" for same-sex couples.
After 4000 fares on Uber, he said he has a stellar rating. Iovine said she began filming the confrontation on her phone.
"Uber does not tolerate any form of discrimination, and we have reached out to the rider regarding her experience". "We are investigating and will take appropriate action". Both Uber and TLC are investigating the incident.
According to Ms Pichl, Ms Iovine also filed a complaint with the city's Human Rights Commission in connection to the incident which took place during Pride Month.
Iovine told the MailOnline: "Obviously, he's homophobic". I haven't experienced homophobic behavior in the city. Fromberg says it's 2018 and "this isn't the way we live anymore". "It was a good lesson to show it can happen to you anywhere".