Robbie Turner, a Seattle-based drag queen who rose to prominence on the 8th season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, took to social media over the weekend to share a harrowing account of her brush with death in an Uber. The result of a drunk driver crashing into her driver’s vehicle, Robbie Turner’s story was that her Uber driver died as a result.
Many outlets, including us, shared Turner’s account of what happened. But authorities in Seattle and Uber reportedly have no evidence of the alleged incident, so many people are beginning to wonder if it ever happened at all.
Seattle Gay Scene sought a response from official sources and spoke with a Seattle Police Department spokesman who said, “I am not aware of anything like that occurring, nor are any of my colleagues aware of this accident.”
The publication also reached out to Uber to see if the company had a record of its driver being killed this weekend. A representative from Uber responded saying they have no information consistent with what Turner reported about the alleged death of a driver.
Uber spokesperson Nathan Hambley told The Stranger by email, “Thanks for reaching out, and really sorry to hear that news. We of course know Robbie and have reached out. We are also looking into the accident, but have no information at this time to believe this occurred on our app. If I find out more today, I’ll be back in touch.”
When The Stranger followed up with Uber again, Hambley responded, “We’ve reached out to a number of folks on this, too — including Robbie — and still haven’t heard anything. I’m asking that we reach out to her again. Will let you know what I find out.”
We’ve also reached out to Turner’s publicist for comment on this matter, and will update this post if they get back to us. Turner hasn’t responded to any outlet’s request for comment.
Something seems fishy here, and it’s not the kind of fish we’d like to see from a drag queen.