A 20-year-old TikToker had a video of a private FaceTime call with Matthew Perry go viral this week. She said she released the call to show how men are “taking advantage” of younger women on dating apps.
It is important to note that California, presumably where the incident occurred, has a “two-party consent” law that makes it illegal to record or eavesdrop without all parties’ consent.
The TikToker in question, Kate Haralson, spoke with Page Six on Thursday. She said, “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.”
Haralson said she matched with Perry, 51, on the app last May and he quickly asked to move their discussions to FaceTime. She agreed because she thought, “Oh, this would be funny.”
She continued, “I was not really thinking anything of it.” She did say she recognized the actor but noted that she had “never even really watched ‘Friends.’”
In the FaceTime call, which the TikTok video shows, the pair played 20 Questions to get to know each other more.
Haralson said that the questions were not sexual but she did feel uncomfortable. She also said she was clear about her age, which was 19 at the time.
“I don’t think he minded that,” she said. “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.”
Perry even asked at one point, “Am I as old as your dad?”
Haralson noted that it was “weird” and that she was “inspired” to share her interaction because another TikToker named Nivine Jay posted a video of Ben Affleck after they, too, matched on Raya. Notably, Affleck did not do anything wrong in this clip.
“You post something and you just have to expect for some people to be on your side and others to be on their side,” Haralson said. “Obviously, a lot of people are going to take his side since he’s a celeb TV character, but that’s OK.”
Haralson did take her video down within a day because she “did feel a little bit bad.” Perry was a “really nice guy” she added.
Neither she nor the Friends star met up in person.
A rep for Perry did not respond to a request for comment.