The young doctor who made headlines last week when she was caught on camera attacking an Uber driver appeared on live television to apologize for her drunken tantrum.
Since video of the scene she made in a Miami street after a night out went viral, Dr Anjali Ramkissoon has been put on paid administrative leave from the Jackson Health Systems, where she is a fourth-year neurology resident.
She appeared on Good Morning America on Wednesday morning to explain what led her to snap that night, and apologize publicly for her actions.
Ramkissoon, 30, was somber as she spoke with George Stephanopoulos, saying the video is excruciating to watch.
Dr Anjali Ramkissoon appeared on Good Morning America Wednesday morning to apologize for her attack against an Uber driver in Miami, which was caught on video
Ramkissoon, 30, was somber as she spoke with George Stephanopoulos, saying the video is excruciating for her to watch
‘I see a person that is not me,’ she said. ‘I’m ashamed. I still can’t watch the entire video.’
While she says it’s no excuse, Ramkissoon says a lot happened to her that night that contributed to how she acted.
I see a person that is not me. I’m ashamed. I still can’t watch the entire video.
She says earlier she had heard that her father had been taken to the hospital, and just prior that night she had broken up with her boyfriend of two years.
Ramkissoon had driven to meet her now ex-boyfriend for drinks, and was too intoxicated to drive home so that’s why she was trying to get an Uber.
The meltdown happened when she confused the driver with her own Uber driver, when in fact the man in the video was picking up another customer.
She proceeded to punch and kick the driver, eventually getting into the passenger seat of his vehicle where she threw his mail, cell phone electronics and other devices out onto the street.
At one point she also yells at him; ‘Get the f*** in the car, you piece of f***ing disgusting s***.’
Caught: The young woman filmed attacking an Uber driver (above) and throwing his belongings out of his car has been identified as Anjali Ramkissoon, pictured, a Miami-based doctor who has been suspended from work
‘It was probably one of the worst days of my life. I was caught at my lowest moment,’ Ramkissoon says.
However, she adds that her personal issues were ‘absolutely no excuse’ for her actions, which not only hurt her, but hurt her family, friends and the reputation of the hospital she works for.
As for the Uber driver, she says that they settled their issues, with him accepting her apology and her paying for the damages she caused to his vehicle.
She says the incident was ‘completely out of character’ and that nothing like this has ever happened.
However, she did hit back at some of the outrage over the incident, saying some of the personal attacks against her online have been ‘ridiculous’. She claims that someone even leaked her parents’ address and that she has received comments saying she should have been raped that night.
A video shows her throwing his mail, cell phone, electronics and other devices and possessions into the street
Ramkissoon remains on leave from her job at the hospital, while it conducts an internal review of the incident.
‘I’m here to own up to what I did. I’m taking responsibility for it and I’m asking for forgiveness,’ she said.
I’m here to own up to what I did. I’m taking responsibility for it and I’m asking for forgiveness.
Ramkissoon previously spoke with Daily Mail Online on Sunday, when she said she didn’t feel she deserved the backlash she had received.
At the time, she was in hiding at her $2,000-a-month 41st-floor apartment at the opera Tower in downtown Miami
When we arrived about 7 p.m. Sunday, exactly a week after the incident, it sounded like the 30-year-old neurologist was having a party.
Loud music as well as the voices of several other people seeped out of the apartment. It all went dead quiet after we knocked.
The first thing striking about Ramkissoon when she opened the door was that she, as she claims during the attack, is really tiny. As in 5-foot, 100 pounds all-wet tiny.
Second, she appeared to be much more soft-spoken than the dragon lady who tried to kick the Uber man in the groin then tried to hit him with a right hook in an incident that occurred when she tried to take someone else’s ride in Miami Beach.
‘How did you find me,’ she asked politely. ‘Everybody’s been harassing my mother and my old neighbors but they won’t talk to them.
‘I’m trying to stay under the radar with a few friends. I didn’t realize this was going to be such a big deal.
‘I had to change my cell phone number because strangers were calling to yell at me.’
Far from being contrite or apologetic, Ramkissoon admitted to being worried about her future because more than 3 million people viewed the 4-minute video that a passerby taped on his cell phone.
After all, state records show Ramkissoon has an intern license that can only be used at Jackson Memorial Hospital and she needs to keep her nose clean to obtain her full medical license. Hospital officials, meanwhile, are considering firing her. That could affect her ability to practice medicine in the future.
Ramkissoon told us she’s suspended indefinitely and hasn’t been contacted by the hospital.
‘I’ve been indeed suspended,’ she said, ‘and I don’t even know when I’m going to get back to work. I’m getting a lawyer and a public relations firm but I don’t know if it’s going to do any good.
‘I’m not sure I deserve what’s happening. But I don’t want to talk any more. Have a great night.’
Repercussions: Jackson Health System said in statement that the fourth-year neurology resident has been placed on leave and that it has launched an investigation into the incident
Her employer said in a statement; ‘Jackson has launched an internal investigation.
‘The outcome of the investigation will determine whether any disciplinary action will be taken, up to and including termination.’
The video footage was taken by Juan Cinco, who had ordered the car to take him home from the Mary Brickell Village in Miami, Florida, on Sunday night. He later uploaded the clip to YouTube.
Information posted with the clip explains Ramkissoon, who was dressed in tight white shorts and a red top, came ‘out of nowhere’ and climbed into the backseat of the Uber.
When she refused to get out, Mr Cinco and his friend told the driver to cancel their ride and offered to book another ride home.
He said the driver pretended to phone the police, asking them to remove the woman from his car, which prompted Ramkissoon to reach into the front seat, grab his keys and start to walk away.
This was the point at which Cinco started filming, he said.
Among the disciplinary actions Ramkissoon (pictured on Facebook) faces at the end of the investigation according to Jackson Health is ‘termination’
Then, Ramkissoon climbs into the front passenger seat and starts to throw items off the dashboard on to the street while ordering the driver to ‘get in the f***ing car’.
He refuses and Ramkissoon shouts: ‘Get the f*** in the car you piece of f***ing disgusting s***’.
Ramkissoon continues to throw items on to the ground, including the driver’s iPhone, cash and dozens of pieces of paper and receipts.
At one point she hurls a pair of scissors that lands just inches away from Mr Cinco.
The driver phones the police and tells them he has ‘bruises’ from the Ramkissoon’s attack as she mocks his pleas, saying ‘I’m a 5ft tall girl who weighs 100lbs and I am getting really belligerent right now’.
She then throws even more paperwork out the window and Mr Cinco tells her she has ‘lost her mind’. One of the items strikes the wing mirror of a car parked nearby.
Off the hook: Miami police officers responded to the scene but a spokesman said there was no report and there will be no investigation (Ramkissoon above)
In his YouTube post, Mr Cinco writes that the police arrived and had to remove Ramkissoon from a taxi she had hailed in an attempt to leave.
He continued: ‘Once in handcuffs, she then tried kicking some of the police officers on the scene.
‘It was only when they put her in the police car that she started crying, apologizing, and claiming that she would lose her medical license (she claimed to be a neurologist) if she got arrested.’
Mr Cinco said the Uber driver was ‘too good of a person’ and decided to take a cash settlement – ‘only enough to pay his cellphone bill and maybe his cable bill’ – rather than take legal action.
Miami police spokeswoman Frederica Burden confirmed officers had responded to the scene but said there was no report and there would be no investigation.
Uber also released a statement after the incident, saying; ‘Uber expects everyone associated with the platform – both drivers and riders – to conduct themselves with a shared level of respect and common courtesy, and all forms of harassment and abuse are not tolerated.
‘We have suspended the rider account of this individual as we investigate the incident.’