revenge plot

Grindr asks judge to toss case involving sexual harassment scheme and hundreds of horny gay men

Back in February, we told you about the strange, not altogether sexy story of Matthew Herrick, who claims he was the victim of a peculiar revenge scheme that found his ex-boyfriend setting up a phony Grindr account in his likeness and proceeding to send hordes of pent-up gay men to his home — hundreds of them, to be in fact.

The 32-year-old actor sued Grindr, claiming the app and its creators demonstrated “negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress, false advertising, and deceptive business practices for allowing him to be impersonated and turned into an unwitting beacon for stalkers and harassers.”

This week, Grindr went ahead and asked judges to drop the case, since the company should be protected by the Communications Decency Act.

Related: Man sues Grindr over elaborate sexual harassment scheme orchestrated by his ex

According to the Associated Press, Grindr doesn’t feel it should be blamed for the actor getting “mixed up with a tech savvy, judgement-proof individual.”

Grindr said it can’t be blamed because Herrick, a 32-year-old restaurant worker pursuing a career in acting and modeling, got “mixed up with a tech savvy, judgment-proof individual.”

Grindr claims Herrick’s lawyers couldn’t possibly

“identify any cases in which a court found that a website owed a duty to protect a plaintiff from third-party content. This is unsurprising, given Congress’ explicit instruction in the CDA that no such duty exists.”

The fake profile reportedly claimed Herrrick was big into BDSM, rough unprotected sex, and rape fantasies. It also claimed he’s HIV-positive (but he isn’t).