Herrick was smoking a cigarette in front of his West Harlem brownstone when the first visitor appeared.
As Herrick tells it, the man innocently pressed the buzzer for Herrick's apartment.
He accuses Grindr of 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.
The unwanted suitors had gotten his phone number through the app as well, and bombarded him with messages, calls, and pictures of genitalia.
In the weeks that followed, Herrick says, the fake accounts began to evolve.
Spoofed profiles with pictures of Herrick's semi-nude body began to offer rough, unprotected sex, orgies, and drugs.
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.
"It’s a living hell."Cases of Grindr catfishing and deception happen every so often on Grindr—sometimes with tragic results.