Who is TikTok star Kate Haralson? Matthew Perry slammed for 'weird' conversation with 19-yr-old on dating app Raya
TikTok star Kate Haralson has revealed her shocking and 'uncomfortable' experience with Hollywood star Matthew Perry when they connected on the celeb dating app Raya. The incident allegedly took place in May 2020 when Perry had briefly broken up with his present fiancée Molly Hurwitz. Haralson, who was 19 years old at the time, had matched with 51-year-old Perry through the membership-specific dating service.
She recently shared video footage of her Facetime interaction with Perry from last year, captioning it, "When you match w Matthew Perry as a joke on a dating app and he facetimes you and plays 20 questions with you." The 20-year-old told PageSix that she shared her experience to expose how older men in Hollywood take advantage of younger women on dating apps.
Who is Kate Haralson?
Kate Haralson is a prominent social media star who has over 17,200 followers on TikTok, where she goes by the username @kittynichole. She also has over 7,500 followers on Instagram where she tends to share glamorous photos in trendy outfits. She is currently 20 years old and works as a personal assistant in Los Angeles.
She came forward about her experience with Perry after another Hollywood star, Ben Affleck, was outed earlier this week for DM-ing a young TikToker.
Perry had been in a relationship with Hurwitz since 2018 and the pair got engaged in November 2020. However, they split for a while in May last year, which is when the alleged incident with Haralson occurred. According to PageSix, the TikTok star claimed that she hardly ever interacted with older celebrities on Raya. But with Perry she felt that it would be 'funny' to talk to him. During the course of the conversation, Perry apparently asked her, "Am I as old as you dad?"
What did Perry say to Haralson?
He asked her to engage with him over FaceTime, during which Perry suggested that they play 20 questions to get to know each other better. While she admits that none of the questions were sexual in nature, she also adds that she felt 'uncomfortable' at times. She adds that she had been upfront about her age from the start. Perry also asked her if she always played with her hair so much, to which she responded, "I guess so".
Perry allegedly also floated the idea for her to get a Covid-19 test done and come over, though the pair never actually met in person. "I don’t think he minded that. 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," Haralson told PageSix. She also admits that she did it for fun and considered the interaction innocent and harmless.
“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 stated.
Her Instagram account was changed from public to private shortly after the incident received widespread media coverage.