(WJBK) - Brion was born with cerebral palsy. She is determined to walk and has been committed to physical therapy twice a week, until she says the experience took a turn for the worse. She says the medical transportation driver the insurance company hired to take her to those appointments began to sexually harass her.
It began with vulgar comments.
"'I don't just want your mom, I want you and your girlfriend too,'" Brion tells FOX 2's Taryn Asher.
But then the 23-year-old claims the driver, who worked for A.Butler and Associates based in Southfield, started to become physical. He allegedly forced her to put her hands on him and then began putting his hands on her.
"When we pulled up to the side of the specialty center for me to get out, and he kept the doors locked and he grabbed my private area. After he grabbed my private area, I bent his fingers back to try to get him off of me," she says.
She says a valet driver at the Children's Hospital of Michigan's Specialty Center, where she receives physical therapy, saw the commotion and luckily intervened.
"I was scared because I knew that I couldn't get up and run away from him," Brion says.
Unable to get to the police department, Brion says officers came to her home in Detroit so she could file a report. DPD confirms it and says the sex crimes division will look into the allegations. In the meantime, Brion says she complained to her insurance company and the transportation company, but nothing changed.
So FOX 2 decided to give the driver a call. He gave his cell phone number to Brion on the back of his card. He denied it all.
"It wasn't harassing," he said.
"What was it then?" Taryn asked.
"First, you know, she was flirting around with me and you know me, I'm flirting back with her," the driver said. "It was no harassment."
Brion is beyond frustrated. She knew learning to walk again there would be obstacles, but she never imagined this.
"It's not even frustration anymore, it's hurt," she says. "I know that I need this. They know, and I feel like they don't want to do anything about it."
Taryn also spoke to the office manager at A. Butler and Associates, who told her she was not aware of any complaints. But, as of October 16, the accused driver in this case abrubtly resigned.
Police are still looking into it.