Alex Scott revealed the moment an Uber driver tried to kidnap her and said, “Girls like you, I kill.”
The 38-year-old football star says her “body went numb” when the driver told her he wouldn’t take her home but instead take her somewhere else.
She recalled being afraid she would never see her mother again and writing to her agent to “send a search party” if she didn’t return soon.
The horror unfolded when Alex worked for the BBC at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Moscow.
She says the only way to escape was to convince the “sick” that she is a friend of Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom she met only this morning.
The 38-year-old recalled this horror in her memoir, How (Not) to Be Strong.
In her book, Alex described how the BBC used to insist that staff use official, pre-booked cars on business trips.
But after drinking with a friend, she decided to take an Uber for the 15-minute ride back to the hotel where she was staying.
Alex recalls that just minutes into the trip, the driver, who was “a stocky, bald man with a smirk on his face, turned to her.”
Mirror reported that Alex wrote in her book: “He looked at me and said – in English: “Tell them that they will never see you again.”
“I don’t understand,” I muttered.
The former Lioness said that the driver took his phone and spoke in Russian.
She said he was waiting for her to see the words as they appeared in Google Translate.
She recalled that her “body went numb” when she saw the words, “I’m not taking you home tonight.” [it] to read. ‘Will you come with me.'”
Alex described how, through the driver’s telephone translation and his broken English, he began to tell her “terrible, terrible things: how he takes girls like me, how they never come home.”
She said she frantically texted her agent from her locked car and “told him if I wasn’t back in 15 minutes to send a search party.”
But the driver’s next intrusive message, delivered over the phone, was: “Girls like you, I kill.”
Alex recalls: “My God,” was my first thought … “I will never see my mother again.”
Then the thought crossed her mind that she had been with Putin that morning.
Alex wrote in her book, “You can’t kill me,” I said. “Tomorrow I have to see Putin.”
“He started laughing. Nobody sees Putin. Now I was scrambling, pulling out photos from my morning visit to the Kremlin that made headlines.
“His laughter died down and I could see the gears whirring as he tried to process what I was showing him. “If I don’t see Putin tomorrow, he will find you.”
She said that almost immediately the Uber headed back to her hotel.
As they pulled up, the driver tried to touch and kiss her legs before she got out of the car.
Alex added: “I knew then that I almost missed, but instead of confronting it, I just… brushed the incident off like it never happened.
“I didn’t want people to worry about me or think I couldn’t handle myself – like when I was younger.”
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