A California couple is livid after a website that promises to expose infidelity by posting pictures and names of alleged cheaters featured a post about one of them. Jared Powers ran a web search of himself in December 2012 and came across his name and pictures on Cheaterville.
"We are very private people," said Jared's wife, Winona. "We have an honorable marriage."
Jared’s photo was posted along with a testimonial from an anonymous user saying that he was, "Gay, Married, and Looking for Sex on Craigslist." The couple asked Cheaterville to remove the post immediately, The Inquisitr reported.
"They replied and said we could make a comment if it's not true," Winona said. "That was irritating. I was upset. The fact they just wanted to toy with us." The Powers were told that they would have to pay $200 and go through a third party arbitration service to have the post removed. They went through that process and are now hoping to find out who was behind the post.
"I want to know who did this," Jared said. "It's a total invasion of privacy." They've filed a federal lawsuit against John Does 1-50, the anonymous poster. Cheaterville has agreed to release information about the person behind Jared's post.
"Until we find out who it is, I'm going to be paranoid," Winona said.
Cheaterville's attorney, Marc Randazza, said the lawsuit is a publicity stunt.
"These are claims that nobody has seen since mid-January, and nobody remembers — but they will obtain far more notoriety, credence and permanence as part of a federal lawsuit than they ever could on Cheaterville," Randazza said.
Attorney Daniel Watts believes the site has some liability for what users post.
"What's the participation of Cheaterville exactly in creating these posts," Watts said. "Because Cheaterville bases its business plans specifically around attracting slanderous, libelous comments."