Prosecutors have dropped charges against a Chicago driver who was accused of sexually assaulting an Uber passenger in November.

Cook County prosecutors told a judge Monday there was new evidence in Maxime Fohounhedo's case. The Chicago Tribune reports (http://trib.in/1yPvkRg ) Fohounhedo's wife, Sheenha, said her husband made a nine-minute recording of the alleged victim talking while he drove her home. She says the recording freed him.

Fohounhedo was arrested and charged in December. A 22-year-old female passenger told police she was attacked after being picked up from a bar.

The Uber app allows smartphone users to search for rides from private individuals who use their own vehicles in an arrangement known as ride-sharing. After his arrest, Uber said Fohounhedo wasn't authorized to drive for the company.

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Information from: Chicago Tribune, http://www.chicagotribune.com