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Is Match.com to Blame for Sexual Assault on L.A. Film Executive?

Love at the Urth Caffe goes terribly awry

Love at the Urth Caffe goes terribly awry

Match.com hasn't been getting much love and appreciation for its romantical services in this cold digital age.

A pack of subscribers just sued in February because, they claimed, hundreds of thousands of the site's users were either inactive or downright fake. Now, a mysterious L.A. woman named only as Jane Doe who probably wishes her match had been fake is filing a lawsuit in the Los Angeles Superior Court because he sexually assaulted her after their second date.

Hold up: So it's Match.com's fault that some creepy online dater followed Jane Doe home and "forced himself on her," as the LA Times puts it?

San Francisco lawyer Mark Webb tells the Times that after his client, an Ivy League grad and L.A. "entertainment executive," went on a first date with her alleged attacker at Urth Caffe in West Hollywood last year, she found him "charming" enough to ask out a second time. On that date, though, he followed her home afterward -- and that's when the sexual assault occurred.

According to the Times:

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?"

Basically, what the businesswoman is demanding is that Match.com search its members' names for criminal pasts, so that she -- and girls like her -- won't have to. And, from the Associated Press:

Webb says he's asking for a temporary injunction barring the site from signing up more members until his client's demands are met.

Though Webb claims that "they are a very powerful and successful online dating service, and they have the means to do this," judging by the February suit, it seems like the online matchmakers are already having hard enough of a time getting people to sign up. Get rid of the sexual predators? That's like asking AOL to get rid of the grannies.

[@simone_electra/swilson@laweekly.com]