One Tinder date three years ago cost Joe Lazarus his reputation and his job.
Now he's taking the woman to court. Joseph Lazarus, 32, broke up with the woman he matched with on Tinder in and since then, he claims the woman has spread lies about him online and to two former employers, according to Harris County District Court documents filed Wednesday by Lazarus' attorney Joseph Mathew.
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The name of the woman is being withheld because she had not been notified of the lawsuit against her at the time of publication. A request for comment has been made with the woman.
Lazarus' relationship with the woman lasted about three months after the two matched on Tinder. During that brief time, he called their interactions normal. The two would go out to dinner and even attended a Houston startup convention together since Lazarus was working at an oil startup at the time and she was an aspiring entrepreneur.
Lazarus claims the two just didn't hit it off, so he decided to break up with her in person. She wanted to remain friends; he did not.
Within a few months after the breakup, Lazarus said he started receiving threatening messages from her. The threats became even more real in the fall of That's when Lazarus was called into his bosses office. Lazarus was working for a high end automobile broker in Houston at the time. The boss had seen posts about Lazarus on thedirty.
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I feel like I'm living in a nightmare I can't escape," Lazarus told Chron. One of the first things he did was retain legal counsel.
The court documents filed Wednesday include text messages the woman allegedly sent to one of Lazarus' friends. The messages claim that Lazarus would buy her dildos instead of flowers and that he was a "rapist, liar, cheater. Mathew has taken on more than a dozen revenge porn cases in his six-year career.
This is the first he's had where the alleged victim was a man. Everybody has the right to be left alone. That's all Joe Lazarus is asking, it to be left alone.
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