”The many millions of people who have found love on Match.com and other online dating sites know how fulfilling it is. And while that doesn’t make what happened in this case any less awful, this is about a sick, twisted individual with no prior criminal record, not an entire community of men and women looking to meet each other.”
An online dating service says a Las Vegas woman has no legal basis for her lawsuit seeking $10 million after she was matched with a man who hid in her garage and brutally attacked her.
Mary Kay Beckman filed suit in U.S. District Court accusing Match.com of failing to disclose dangers of online dating.
She claims the site misled her into believing that a subscription would result in a “stable and loving relationship with another member.” But Match.com failed to warn her of the dangers of meeting “an individual whose intentions are not to find a mate, but to find victims to kill or rape,” Beckman says in the complaint. She did not sue her attacker, Wade Mitchell Ridley
She said she’d known Wade Ridley only eight days when she broke up with him in September 2010. Four months later he stabbed her 10 times.
According to Courthouse News Service, Beckman has undergone surgeries to repair her jaw, preserve her eyesight and remove part of her skull to replace it with a “synthetic component.”
Ridley later was charged with murdering a woman in Phoenix. He died in prison last year after killing himself.
Beckman’s lawyer says Match.com is “absolutely not safe.”
Match.com said in a statement Monday that Beckman’s experience was horrible but the lawsuit is “absurd.” It said Beckman was a victim of a “sick, twisted” man with no known criminal record.