Actor Sues Grindr Over Fake Account Threat Claims

A New York-based actor is suing Grindr after claiming he was harassed and threatened after a fake profile was posted on the gay dating app.

Matthew Herrick claims that a man he met on Grindr in 2015, and later dated, set up fake profiles of him on the dating app, disclosing information like his home address and place of work.

TMZ reports that men Herrick did not know began turning up to his home and work with the expectation of sex.

The court documents mention a number of threatening situations, such as when Herrick’s roommate allegedly confronted someone who had turned up to their apartment building looking for Herrick.

The man then “lunged at the roommate, grabbed his phone and started wrestling with him” after he threatened to call police, TMZ reports.

Herrick claims he lodged 50 complaints with Grindr about the fake accounts and even filed 14 police reports, to no avail.

The actor said in court documents he is now 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].”

Find out more about this case here.

Emma Woodley

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