A man is suing Grindr for their part in what he believes was a failure to deal with an ex-boyfriend who allegedly impersonated him.
Matthew Herrick, an actor in New York City, has said he met his former partner on Grindr in 2015. He claims after a series of abuse, his ex tried to rape and kill him.
After he met his ex-partner, Herrick claims the man began to create fake profiles of him using his photos and addresses.
Random men would appear for sex at his home, as well at the restaurant where he worked, according to TMZ.
It is unknown why his ex created the fake profiles. Screenshots of the profiles are available in court documents.
Herrick claimed one man from Grindr managed to get into his city apartment and refuse to leave in an incident from last week.
When Herrick’s roommate confronted the man, telling him he planned to call the cops, the visitor lunged at the roommate and wrestled his phone from home.
Herrick said in court documents he is in a ‘constant state of hyper-vigilence, 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]’.
The allegations of men trying to rape or kill Herrick are thin and there are no specifics. However, Herrick has recounted ‘several troubling incidents’.
He has claimed he complained 50 times to Grindr about the accounts impersonating him, as well as filing 14 police reports, but he has now received a response.
Grindr has not responded about these accusations.