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‘Deadliest Catch’ Captain Sued For Assault Of An Uber Driver

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‘Deadliest Catch’ Captain Sued For Assault Of An Uber Driver

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Sig Hansen, the captain of the Northwestern and reality TV star of Deadliest Catch, has been arrested for assaulting an Uber driver.

The alleged attack happened earlier this year on the morning of May 18, 2017. Uber Driver Waheed Lawal went to pick up Hansen and his family in his hometown of Seattle Washington. After everyone was already in the car, a mix up with the Uber payment system canceled his ride, and when Lawal refused to accept cash for a ride Hansen became enraged, allegedly spitting on the back of Lawal’s head and kicking his car.

According to a police report obtained by TMZ, Hansen was already underway with his family in the car when the Uber app accidentally canceled his ride. He then offered to pay Lawal $100 to complete the ride, but Lawal refused, citing it as a violation of Uber’s ride policies. That’s when Hansen became “spitting mad”, allegedly expectorating on the back of Lawal’s head and car seat before getting out and kicking his car.

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Lawal then left and called the police, who upon arriving, found suspiciously fresh saliva on the driver’s side headrest and a dent in his car. Police then went to question Hansen at his home where they were greeted by the “obviously intoxicated” captain. Apparently, he had been celebrating Norwegian Independence Day, which was the night before.

Sig Hansen

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Initially, he denied the story of spitting on his Uber driver and tried to head back into his house, but that’s when police cuffed him and read him his rights. He was taken to King County Jail and later released on $2,000 bail.

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Now, a few months later, Lawal is suing the good captain for assault and battery and is seeking unspecified damages. On top of that, Lawal’s wife is also suing for “loss of consortium”, which means the two haven’t been able to make love due to Lawal’s injuries since the incident.

At the time, Hansen issued an apology after he had spent a few hours in the brig:

“I am terribly sorry for my behavior and am very embarrassed by it. I owe a bunch of people apologies, first and foremost to our Uber driver, who was just trying to get us home safely. I hope I can make that apology in person. I have no excuse, and accept responsibility for my actions. I made a boneheaded move last night, and I am sorry.”

Clearly, that wasn’t enough for Lawal.

Hansen has also been banned from Uber forever, as the ride-sharing company released an official statement on the incident. “Violence will not be tolerated on the Uber app,” they said. “We have been in contact with our driver partner, and the rider no longer has access to the app.”

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