A Russian man has filed a lawsuit against Apple for moral harm claiming that an iPhone app turned him gay.
The Moscow Times reports that a man identified in court papers as D. Razumilov says that he became “mired in same-sex relationships” this summer after receiving 69 GayCoins on a cryptocurrency payment app he downloaded onto his iPhone in 2017.
The unknown sender reportedly included an English-language message that Razumilov interpreted as “don’t judge without trying.”
“I thought, indeed, how can I judge something without trying it? And decided to try same-sex relationships,” Razumilov wrote in a complaint published by Govorit Moskva on Wednesday.
“I can say after the passage of two months that I’m mired in intimacy with a member of my own sex and can’t get out,” his complaint continues.
“I have a steady boyfriend and I don’t know how to explain it to my parents. After receiving the aforementioned message, my life has changed for the worse and will never be normal again,” he continued.
Razumilov accused Apple of “manipulatively pushing me toward homosexuality,” which caused him “moral suffering and harm to mental health,” according to the Moscow Times.
His lawyer Sapizhat Gusnieva insisted the case was “serious,” telling AFP that her client was “scared” and that “he suffered”.
Gusnieva said Apple “has a responsibility for their programs” despite the alleged exchange taking place on a third-party app.
The suit, filed on September 20, is seeking more than $15,300 in damages.
Gusnieva has a hearing scheduled for October 17 in a Moscow court.