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Russian man sues Apple, claiming that his iPhone made him gay

Published Oct 4th, 2019 10:26AM EDT
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Apple is certainly no stranger to frivolous lawsuits, but the latest suit targeting the company really sets a new standard for absurdity. According to a report from Newsweek, a Russian man is suing Apple on the allegation that an app he downloaded turned him gay.

The story originally surfaced via The Moscow Times and relays that a man known as D. Razumilov downloaded an obscure cryptocurrency app called GayCoins to his iPhone in 2017. While on the app, as the lawsuit reads, he received an anonymous message urging him to have an open mind towards having relations with another man. And so, Razumilov eventually did just that. Years later, Razumilov now finds himself in a committed relationship with another man.

“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,” the complaint reads. “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.”

So how does Apple factor into this insane story? Well, the complaint claims that Apple coerced him into a gay relationship. He’s suing for $15,000.

It’s a wild lawsuit, to be sure, but certainly helps highlight how far behind the times Russia is with respect to LGBT rights when a man is so embarrassed about his sexuality that he feels compelled to blame a smartphone app and sue Apple. Indeed, Russia has for some time been one of the least Gay-friendly countries when it comes to the treatment of individuals in the LGBT community.

Yoni Heisler Contributing Writer

Yoni Heisler has been writing about Apple and the tech industry at large with over 15 years of experience. A life long expert Mac user and Apple expert, his writing has appeared in Edible Apple, Network World, MacLife, Macworld UK, and TUAW.

When not analyzing the latest happenings with Apple, Yoni enjoys catching Improv shows in Chicago, playing soccer, and cultivating new TV show addictions.