Woman Sues Match.com For $10M After Getting Matched With Murder Suspect Who Brutally Attacked Her
LAS VEGAS (CBS Las Vegas/AP) — 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 on Friday accusing Match.com of failing to disclose dangers of online dating.
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.
“There were 10 stab wounds, eight on my physical body, two on my head, and when the knife broke, there was stomping on my head,” Beckman told a Los Angeles DUI Attorney official. “”I shouldn’t even be here today.”
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.”
“The basis of the lawsuit is the advertising that is utilized by Match.com, lulling women and men into a false sense of security,” attorney Marc Saggese told KLAS-TV.
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.
(TM and © Copyright 2013 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2013 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)