Social Media Network Brought About Broken Promises
A Michigan woman is seeking $8,386.88 from a Kennewick man because of a relationship gone bad via Facebook.
Cheryl Gray says Wylie Iwan led her on, caused her to spend money on gifts and a trip to the Tri-Cities, then humiliated her when he posted vulgar comments on her Facebook wall.
The 50-year-old unemployed paralegal admits she was “devastated” and angry when a week before her planned trip, he said he met someone else at a Kennewick bar.
Now, “I feel foolish,” Gray said. “I’m not so much mad or angry. I feel foolish. I am disillusioned.”
When he met someone new, he said he was upfront with Gray about it and initially she was OK with it. But then, the 35-year-old who works at Applebee’s said, Gray started a hate group about him on Facebook and called him an online predator.
n April 22, Iwan got an email from an attorney friend of Gray’s seeking $956.88 for repayment of expenses related to the trip she didn’t take, and gifts and flowers she sent him. A week later, Iwan got a second email that said Gray no longer was interested in pursuing the claim.
Then on May 18, Gray filed a civil suit in Michigan seeking $8,368.88 for misrepresentation, promissory estoppel, defamation of character and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
She said she was “shocked, humiliated and embarrassed” by Iwan’s characterization of her in posts that their shared friends could see and said her reputation was injured, according to court documents Gray filed.
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