A Houston Tinder user is seeking $200,000 from someone he dated, claiming that she defamed him online and cost him his job.
Joseph Lazarus said he dated the unnamed woman for three months back in 2014 after meeting her on Tinder.
Lazarus claims the woman wanted to remain friends, and alleges that she started sending threatening messages to him a few months after they split.
The 32-year-old alleges she then threatened to tell people he raped her unless he paid her $10,000.
According to court reports, in 2016, Lazarus was then fired from his car dealership job after his boss saw posts about him on thedirty.com saying he “would have sex/rape fat chicks just to amuse his friends.”
Because of this, Lazarus filed a lawsuit last week seeking $200,000 in damages.
He told Chron.com: “I feel terrible. I feel like I’m living in a nightmare I can’t escape.”
Lazarus’ attorney Joseph Mathew said: “If anybody finds themselves in a similar situation and I encourage them to speak out and find legal representation. Everybody has the right to be left alone.”
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