It really Grindrs his gears. A West Harlem resident is battling the makers of Grindr, a popular dating app for gay and bisexual men, after saying 1,100 suitors have come to his home and the restaurant where he works looking for a sexual encounter.
For the last five months, as many as 16 people a day have been arriving and “aggressively demanding sex” from Matthew Herrick, according to a complaint filed Wednesday by the West Harlem man’s attorneys.
An ex-boyfriend has been allegedly creating the fake accounts.
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“My entire life has been stolen from me. My privacy has been taken from me. I’m humiliated daily,” Herrick said in an interview with Wired magazine. “It’s a living hell.”
Besides sharing photos and details about Herrick, some profiles reportedly claim he is HIV positive and that interested men should not be discouraged if he’s resistant because it’s “part of an agreed upon rape fantasy or role play.”
Herrick and his lawyers say Grindr shares some of the blame for offering a “dangerous product,” comparing the app to a car battery.
“If the manufacturer and seller both know the battery could explode, there’s a duty to inform users of the risk,” attorney Carrie Goldberg told CNN. “Not to mention a duty to evaluate whether the product is so dangerous it should be removed from the market altogether.”