A man who asked that his name be withheld for his safety has contacted Dallas Voice to say that he has received threatening text messages after someone using his online dating profile and his photos sent threatening messages to high-profile Dallas performer Krystal Summers, as detailed here on InstanTEA.
The man — let’s call him Mr. X, just for the sake of clarity — contacted Dallas Voice by phone around 4:30 Tuesday afternoon. He said that he only recently moved to the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and that he hasn’t used the online dating service in at least six months.
Mr. X said that since the original post appeared on Dallas Voice’s InstanTEA blog, he has received a vicious text that has left him feeling threatened and unsafe, just as the dating site message made Krystal feel threatened and unsafe.
Mr. X has said he will — and we have heartily encouraged him to — contact the online dating site to let them know that his profile has been hacked. He also said he will be reporting the threatening text to police, and again, we strongly encouraged him to do so.
We posted the blog about the dating site message to Krystal in the first place because she was threatened. Especially in light of what happened early Sunday morning in Orlando, we won’t let such threats go unchecked! We “put him on blast,” so to speak, because we wanted people in our community to know that they should steer clear of him.
BUT, the thing is, we told people to steer clear of him. We DID NOT SAY hunt him down and threaten him. Especially if someone else hacked his account and used it to send nasty, threatening messages. And since we didn’t include his name or his phone number — we didn’t even KNOW his name and phone number — someone went out and actively hunted down that information so they could send threatening messages to him.
And you know what, even there was no hacking and even if he actually were the one who sent the messages, we don’t condone threatening him. Seriously. That is illegal. Don’t do it. Just stay away from him.
Here are a couple of things we do know: The original post about the threatening message to Krystal has been read and shared thousands of times. Thousands. The profile from which the message was sent was taken offline — by whom? don’t know — within just a few hours of the blog being posted. We got messages late Monday night via Facebook that other women had “been having problems” with the same person that sent the message to Krystal.
And this afternoon, Mr. X called to say he is being threatened and that he is not the one using his profile to send messages to or harass anyone. Mr. X has promised to send us screen caps of the threatening texts he has received; we’ll add those images to this post as soon as we receive them.