TikTok user Kate Haralson has spoken out after sharing a private video call she shared with Friends star Matthew Perry.
The social media user was 19 at the time she matched with the actor, via dating app Raya, and their online exchange went viral when she posted shared a clip of them chatting with her TikTok followers.
Now, Kate has told her reasons for posting the video and says her decision to go public was as she wanted to expose how older men in Hollywood are ‘taking advantage’ of young women.
“A lot of people were saying I’m a bully and mean for posting this, and it made me feel kind of bad, but at the same time, I feel like a lot of guys in Hollywood are talking to all these young girls and it’s something that I think a lot of people should be aware of,” she told Page Six.
Kate told the publication that she went on to speak with Matthew,51, as she thought it “would be funny.”
“I was not really thinking anything of it,” she told before admitting she recognised the star but told that she “never even really watched Friends.”
Kate claims that during their FaceTime call that Matthew said they should play 20 questions – in order to get to know one another.
She says that none of the questions were sexual but added that she felt uncomfortable at times and claims that Perry quizzed her: “Am I as old as your dad?”
Sharing on the age difference, she continued: “I don’t think he minded that, it kind of felt weird talking to someone my dad’s age and it just felt not right, especially when he knew how young I was.”
Kate – who works as a celebrity assistant – says her pal captured a snap of her and Perry’s call and that she “never really had any intention of posting it” but did it as she thought “it would be funny” but didn’t expect it “to blow up as fast” as it did.
Kate later took the video within less than 24 hours due to feeling bad and stated that Matthew was a “nice guy.”
The blonde continued to tell that she and Matthew never met in person but alleges that he once told her that “maybe one day” she could “come over” if she got a COVID test.
Sharing her view on why she shared the clip, she added: “Honestly, it’s not really OK for these older guys to be talking to such young girls.”
The Mirror has contacted a rep for Matthew Perry for comment.
Earlier in the week, the social media user, with the username @kittynichole, shared a video of herself shaking her head and holding her hand to her forehead with the caption: “When you match w Matthew Perry as a joke on a dating app and he facetimes you and plays 20 questions with you”
The video was taken of a laptop showing Matthew lying down relaxed and propped up on his elbow for the chat with her.
Matthew smiles as he asks his date: “Do you always play with your hair this much?”
She giggles as she answers: “I guess so.”
It comes after another woman, Nivine Jay, who Kate says she is now pals with after they connected online, shared a video that Ben Affleck had sent her on TikTok.
She said they’d matched on a dating app but she later unmatched him, believing the person behind the profile to be a catfish.
To prove it really was him, Batman actor Ben sent her a video of himself saying: “Nivine, why did you unmatch me? It’s me.”
Posting the clip to TikTok, she also shared a video of herself alongside the caption: “Thinking of the time I matched with Ben Affleck on Raya and thought it was fake so I unmatched him and he sent me a video on Instagram.”
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Her video prompted some criticism of Ben and saw Nivine speak out to defend him and explain that her video was not intended to mock him, but rather poke fun at herself.
She told E! News : “I’m seeing a lot of comments calling him a creep and l don’t think that’s fair. l wasn’t making fun of him in the video.
“l was making fun of myself for thinking he was a catfish and it was just supposed to be funny.”
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