UPDATED: Does AshleyMadison.com make fake profiles of sexy adulterers? A former employee says yes
Extramarital hook-up site Ashley Madison may just be the world’s most prolific catfish (sorry, Ronaiah Tuiasosopo—it was a valiant effort). That’s the accusation being made by former employee Doriana Silva, who says she was instructed to create 1,000 fake female profiles in three weeks for the site’s Brazilian launch. The Toronto resident claims she hurt her wrists typing up all those sexy profiles and is now suing Ashley Madison for a whopping $21 million: $1 million in general damages
and an additional $20 million for “unjust enrichment.” “The purpose of these profiles is to entice paying heterosexual male members to join and spend money on the website,” reads her statement of claim, which is certainly bad news for bad husbands. Still, that’s not to say there aren’t any real women on the site—we know of at least one married lady who’s given it a try. [Canadian Press]
UPDATE: Ashley Madison has issued a statement calling Silva “opportunistic,” and the claim, “frivolous.” The company also observes that Silva’s social media posts suggest her wrist injury isn’t really making her suffer. The kicker: “In fact, in several postings Ms. Silva can be seen clearly enjoying herself on a jet ski—an unlikely activity for someone who has allegedly suffered serious injury.” Touché.