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That's when the man pulled out his phone and showed Herrick a Grindr profile that included a photo of Herrick in his kitchen, taken from his Instagram account, including the 32-year-old actor and model's face and bare chest. "That's me, but that's not me," he remembers saying.
Herrick says three more men came to his home that first day, all expecting sex.
Even after a judge signed an injunctive relief order Friday to force Grindr to stop the impersonating profiles, they persist: Herrick says that at least 24 men have come to his home and work since then.
In total, he counts over 700 sex-soliciting men thrown into his daily life by the spoofed accounts since the ordeal began."My entire life has been stolen from me. I’m humiliated daily," says Herrick, tears welling in his eyes.
Goldberg declined to share any of that evidence, however, preferring to reveal it at a later stage in the lawsuit.
Goldberg and Herrick also declined to comment further on the ex-boyfriend or his alleged involvement in the spoofing attacks, emphasizing that Grindr is the subject of their lawsuit for allowing the spoofing regardless of who carried it out.
As Herrick tells it, the man innocently pressed the buzzer for Herrick's apartment.
And those more extreme invitations, according to Herrick, would bring a more aggressive and, at times, even violent crowd of visitors.
This is the months-long nightmare Herrick describes in a lawsuit he filed against Grindr last week in the Supreme Court of New York.
Herrick contrasts Grindr's alleged lack of direct communication or action on the spoofed accounts to the behavior of a lesser-known gay dating app, Scruff.
When profiles impersonating Herrick began to appear on Scruff, he filed an abuse complaint with the company that led to the offending account being banned within 24 hours, according to Herrick's complaint against Grindr.
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Soon there were eight or nine visitors a day, and then more than a dozen, all finding their way not just to Herrick's home, but also to the midtown Manhattan restaurant where he worked.