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This man is suing dating app Grindr after 1,000 men showed up at his house

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It's not uncommon to have a nightmare online dating story these days - but this one is so bad it's resulted in a law case.

Matthew Herrick, 32, an actor from New York, claims that over a thousand men turned up at his home and work in the last six months.

He's suing dating app Grindr, as a result. 

Matthew believes that it's a result of fake profiles set up by his ex, who he met on the app in 2015.

He claims that his ex-partner used his images and pretended to be him in order to invite men to his home.

He says that, despite complaining to Grindr 50 times since October, nothing has been done to stop this. 

 

In some cases, Matthew claims that dangerous men showed up at his home and workplace to rape and kill him.

Im January, one man broke into Matthew's home and lunged at his roommate when he was asked to leave, according to TMZ the man 'lunged' at him, began wrestling him and took his phone.

The lawsuit does not state specific instances of threat of rape and murder, but alleges a number of incidents at both the restaurant he works at and his home.

According to CNN Tech, as many as 16 men a day have shown up at Matthew's home,  after previously being told to not be put off if he is dismissive and to play along with a  'part of an agreed upon rape fantasy or role play.'

Matthew said that he live in "a constant state of hyper-vigilance, afraid that Grindr has been used to incite or seduce the wrong person - somebody who will make good on threats to attack or rape [me]."

Speaking to Wired he said "It's a living hell":

 My entire life has been stolen from me.

My privacy has been taken from me.

I'm humiliated daily.

 

In November, Matthew released a statement on Twitter saying:

Due to circumstances out of my control I have to remove myself from all social media.

I have been having issues with a stalker who has tried and is running my name through the mud.

He has now created fake accounts of gay apps such as Grindr and Scruff, declaring me a racist bigot and a Donald Trump supporter.

It has now gone to the media.

I will say that I am an avid supporter of the LGBT community and minorities alike.

This defamation of character has gone to the extreme.

To my family, friends, fans and supporters it saddens my heart to have these kind of lies spread about me.

Please know I would never do any such horrible actions.

 

 

Speaking to CNN, Grindr said

[Grindr is] committed to creating a safe environment through a system of digital and human screening tools, while also encouraging users to report suspicious and threatening activities.

While we are constantly improving upon this process, it is important to remember that Grindr is an open platform.

Grindr cooperates with law enforcement on a regular basis and does not condone abusive or violent behaviour.


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