Kate Haralson, 20, went viral this week when she posted a private FaceTime call she had with the Friends star, who she met on the elite dating app Raya last May.
“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 told Page Six.
Haralson originally met the 51-year-old actor when she was 19, and she alleges that the actor asked to move their conversation to FaceTime shortly after matching on Raya.
“I was not really thinking anything of it,” Haralson said, noting that while she recognised Perry, she had “never even really watched Friends”.
The now-deleted TikTok video shows a short clip of the pair playing a game of “20 Questions”.
“I don’t think he minded that [I was 19],” she continued. “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.”
She alleges, however, that the actor asked her at one point, “Am I as old as your dad?”
Haralson added she was “inspired” by another viral video shared on TikTok by a user named Nivine Jay, who posted a private video of Ben Affleck after they matched on Raya.
Ultimately, Haralson said she took down her video within less than 24 hours of posting it because she “did feel a little bit bad,” stating that Perry really was a “nice guy”.
Even so, she concluded, "It’s not really OK for these older guys to be talking to such young girls”.
Access unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows with Amazon Prime Video Sign up now for a 30-day free trialSign up
Last November, Perry announced his engagement to talent manager Molly Hurwitz, though they were reportedly broken up briefly in May 2020. A source told Us Weekly at the time that Perry was back on Raya “messaging girls and getting back into online dating again”.
Join our new commenting forum
Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies