N.Y. actor sues Grindr after 1,100 men seek him out in ‘rape fantasy’

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The “Grindr” app logo is seen amongst other dating apps on a mobile phone screen on Nov. 24, 2016 in London, England. (Leon Neal/Getty Images)

The unnamed ex-boyfriend has denied the allegations to CNN.

"My privacy has been taken from me. "My entire life has been stolen from me," Herrick told Wired. I’m humiliated daily. It’s a living hell."


Goldberg says Grindr has created a "dangerous product" like an exploding battery and is also pushing Apple and Google to remove it from their app stores. In an amended complaint filed March 31, Goldberg and her colleague Tor Ekeland accuse Grindr of liability, fraud and deceptive business practices, CNN reports.

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— Matthew Herrick (@MatthewSHerrick) January 12, 2017

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A New York City man has launched a lawsuit against Grindr after fake accounts on the gay hook-up app allegedly lured 1,100 strangers to his home and work, looking for sex, according to reports.

Grindr responded to CNN with a statement.

“It’s just luck that it hasn’t happened yet.” “They were setting him up to be sexually assaulted,” Herrick’s attorney Carrie Goldberg said in a Wired interview back in January.

Some of the accounts also falsely claim Herrick is HIV-positive, the complaint states. These accounts have pictures of Herrick and his personal information. The 32-year-old actor accused an ex-boyfriend of his, whom he also met on the dating app, started making fake profiles with Herrick’s pictures back in October of last year, CNN reports.

Grindr co-operates with law enforcement on a regular basis and does not condone abusive or violent behaviour." "(Grinder 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," the company told CNN. "While we are constantly improving upon this process, it is important to remember that Grindr is an open platform.

"If the manufacturer and seller both know the battery could explode, there’s a duty to inform users of the risk," she told CNN. "Not to mention a duty to evaluate whether the product is so dangerous it should be removed from the market altogether."
Matthew Herrick said in a complaint that over the past five months up to 16 men have been seeking him out and "aggressively demanding sex," The New York Daily News reports.

federal court in February. The originally lawsuit was filed in a New York state court back in January but, upon Grindr’s request, it was moved to a U.S.

The ex-boyfriend allegedly uses the profiles to invite prospective suitors over to Herrick’s apartment and the restaurant where he works for sex. Herrick also alleged in the complaint, the men are told to continue their advances if he says no because it’s "part of an agreed upon rape fantasy or role play," CNN reports.