Woman sues Match.com after alleged sexual assault

April 15, 2011 9:17:01 AM PDT
A Southern California woman is suing the popular dating website Match.com after she was allegedly sexually assaulted by a man she met through the service.

Her suit said the website could have prevented the attack if it had only checked the man's criminal background. Alan Paul Wurtzel is currently facing two felony sexual assault charges in L.A. He's been convicted of sexual battery in the past. The woman works in film and television.

She says things got bad on their second date.

"I got out of the car and he got out of his side and he followed me into the building. We went up the elevator. We walked to the front door. I opened the door and then he went straight into the bathroom and then he came out of the bathroom and he jumped me," said the woman.

The victim's lawyer is asking the court to stop Match.com from signing up any more members until it begins screening for sexual predators. The company says it doesn't want to give a false sense of security, but says it's very difficult to do a thorough background search on more than 10 million members.

The suspect's attorney denies the allegations.

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