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Woman sues online dating site over alleged sexual assault

A Los Angeles entertainment executive who says she was sexually assaulted by a man she met on Match.com filed a lawsuit Wednesday asking that the popular dating site start screening its members for sexual predators.

Attorney Mark L. Webb, who represents the woman identified in the lawsuit only as Jane Doe, said he will ask a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge for a temporary injunction barring the site from signing up more members until his client’s demands are met.

“They are a very powerful and successful online dating service, and they have the means to do this,” Webb said.

Officials with Match.com could not be reached for comment late Wednesday. But in a statement to KABC-TV Channel 7 last week, officials that they provide safety tips on the website and warn members that they are responsible for screening the people they meet.

"While incidents like this one between individuals who meet on Match.com are extremely rare, it doesn't make them any less horrifying," the statement said.

Webb described his client as an Ivy League graduate who works in film and television. He said she met her alleged assailant last year at Urth Cafe in West Hollywood. He seemed charming and she agreed to see him again. After the second date, however, he allegedly followed her home and forced himself on her, Webb said.

"This horrific ordeal completely blindsided me because I had considered myself savvy about online dating safety," the woman said in a statement released through her attorney last week. "Things quickly turned into a nightmare, beyond my control."

After the man left, the woman went online and learned that he had been convicted of several counts of sexual battery. Charges are pending in the Match.com case, Webb said.

The attorney said his client wants Match.com to check members’ names against public sex offender registries. “It’s not a guarantee,” he said. “But don’t you think something is better than nothing?”

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What a RIDICULOUS lawsuit. If it is so easy to check on the status of these people then put the responsibility on the daters to check. Stupid...

Do you sue a bar if you meet the guy there?

She is a fool. Because her hunches were wrong and because she didn't do what she could to look into his background, she wants to blame someone else. Isn't that the way of the world these days? It's always the other person's fault.

It's no wonder she's so "successful", yet single.

You cannot sue a dating website for interaction that happens off the site. I run a dating website and its clearly in the Terms of Use Agreement which every member has to acknowledge prior to completing their profile.

The terms of use clearly states that match.com is NOT responsible for interaction between members both on or off their site.

She can't meet someone in her own environment ?

OK this chick is obviously a "ritard" how are you going to sue a company for something you brought upon yourself? No one told you to use an online dating site to meet some random dude whom you've never met before. "After the man left, the woman went online and learned that he had been convicted of several counts of sexual battery", Why is it that she found out his previous history AFTER she met him? why didnt she look into before meeting up with the guy. lawsuit is just plain retarted its sad that tax payers money goes into bull crap like this.

Well, when things don't go our way, it's always the other person's fault...Isn't she supposed to have an IQ of 110? guess not...Stupid is and stupid does.

The fact that this idiot woman works in the film and tv industry says a lot about the current state of film and tv.

It also looks bad that you can graduate from an ivy league school but apparently not learn a thing about personal responsibility.


Couldn't agree more, Jay!

That's why I laugh at fools who point to initials after their name as proof of how smart they are.

Why couldnt/didnt SHE check to see if he was a sex offender before she went out with him?

This is one pathetic story about a girl who obviously is desperate to find a man.
What's even more pathetic is the Lawyer taking on this case. How can he/she even look at him/herself in the mirrow knowing they are represting a Plaintif with such a ridiculous claim!

Yeah, its not like she could have checked him out herself.

Oh, wait...

Andrew, you're part of the problem. A pronoun always takes the male form when gender is unknown. But out of fear of offending women, many people write he/she. It's grammatically incorrect.

Now, in this case it IS known. I don't know too many women named Mark. LOL!!

I can't believe how disgusting these comments are. There is no difference in meeting someone on a reputable dating site (not like it was CL or something) and taking precautions (she met him in a public place - both first and second date) and meeting someone at a bar, the grocery store, the book store, at a running club, etc. Dangerous sickos exist everywhere, and not all of them have a criminal background. She did not deserve to be raped you freaks. You can disagree with her decision to sue Match, but to think she deserved to be raped just shows your evolution hasn't made it much past the gorillas.

Jesus Christ. Talk about victim blaming. The poor woman was raped. His actions were out of her control. He could have done this to several, or any other women on that site, who may not have acted out. This could have been avoided that is her point. There will be men who sign up to dating websites specifically to do this kind of thing to women. The same way pedos get facebook and msn to find their next victims.
I'm sure she will be screening all possible partners in the future, due to the turmoil this must have caused her.

I hope her name eventually comes out. Men who could end up meeting her should also be aware of what a whacko she is, trying to blame someone else for her misfortunes.

Comtrary to what a couple of fools posted, no one said she "deserved to be raped". We merely stated that she could have performed the same online inquiry before it happened. But she was obviously raised to be a victim and always blame others.

Is a bar responsible for screening their patrons? Is the computer manufacturer of the PC he used also responsible? If a girl is drawn to a guy driving a Ferrari (because she's a gold digger), should Ferrari be held liable?

She needs to grow up and accept the fact that this world can be an ugly place. It's no one's fault. It's just the way it is.


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