On November 5, the same day The Stranger published its "Death of a Kinkster" investigation, Dylan Hafertepen appeared in King County District Court filings seeking a restraining order against a BuzzFeed reporter who was working on a story about him.
Hafertepen, aka Master Dylan, is the Seattle dom who was known for years online as Noodles and Beef. Court filings allege that the BuzzFeed reporter, Blake Montgomery, went too far in trying to contact Hafertepen, including showing up in person at Hafertepen's residence in the Chinatown-International District. A BuzzFeed report published today states that their reporter was indeed "arrested and jailed" after attempting to talk to Hafertepen in person. However, BuzzFeed Director of Communications Matt Mittenthal tells The Stranger that Montgomery's arrest was "an outrageous and disproportionate response to a reporter doing his job."
Mittenthal continued: "We strongly dispute the Seattle Police Department's account of what transpired, and look forward to reviewing all the available evidence—including camera footage—to understand what warranted the jailing of a reporter for nearly 24 hours."
The SPD did not immediately respond to a request for comment. King County jail records confirm that Montgomery was brought in late in the evening of November 4, jailed overnight, and then released the following evening on $1,000 bail. He now faces a potential criminal trespass charge. "I got arrested and sent to jail for this story, so fucking read it," Montgomery tweeted a few minutes ago.
Daniel Hafertepen, a man believed to be Dylan's husband, signed the November 5 petition for a restraining order against Montgomery, claiming that the Hafertepens had been subject to harassment and stalking by the BuzzFeed reporter before his arrest. Daniel Hafertepen wrote in the petition that this alleged harassment caused him to feel "scared, vulnerable, [and] not safe."
Mittenthal, the BuzzFeed spokesperson, countered: "Blake was simply doing his job as a reporter, and these allegations are completely baseless."
The next day, November 6, King County District Court Judge Gregg Hirakawa granted both Dylan and Daniel Hafertepen temporary restraining orders against Montgomery, prohibiting the journalist from making contact with Hafertepen and setting a hearing on the matter for November 19.
In the petition for the restraining orders, Daniel Hafertepen wrote that Montgomery "has been sending me, my husband and my roommates for about a week messages, calls, voicemails, text messages, emails on different media..."
He wrote that the attempted contacts came through "phone calls, voice messages, Facebook messages, Instagram, Scruff app, Gmail, calling from different phone numbers, and waiting for us to harass us outside our place of residence all day Sunday [November 4]."
Daniel Hafertepen also alleged that after 9 p.m. that day, Montgomery "broke into our building without permission and tried to get into our house apartment first knocking very hard and loud and then trying to open the side window and rattling the door handle." In response, "we called 911," Daniel Hafertepen wrote.
When the police came, Montgomery was "still there," trying to make contact with Hafertepen's neighbors, Daniel Hafertepen wrote, adding that Montgomery also left a note on his door "that the police kept as evidence."
The Stranger has requested a copy of the police report for this incident.
The recent intense interest in Dylan Hafertepen began after the October 15 death of a 28-year-old Australian-born Seattle resident named Jack Chapman, one of several men who reportedly referred to Hafertepen as Master Dylan and pledged to follow his strict behavioral commands.
Social media postings linked to Dylan Hafertepen and his subs "contained numerous images of their engorged scrotums, dramatically increased in size due to liquid silicone injections," The Stranger reported.
Chapman, also known as Pup Tank, died from "silicone embolism syndrome" as a result of a "subcutaneous injection of silicone," according to his death certificate.
These silicone injections are not approved by the FDA and are extremely dangerous, as Dylan Hafertepen publicly acknowledged in 2017 via his popular newsletter, and as Daniel Villarreal explained in detail on November 5—the same day Dylan and Daniel Hafertepen asked for restraining orders against Montgomery.
In today's Buzzfeed article, which appears under the bylines of Montgomery and BuzzFeed reporter Katie Notopoulos, Hafertepen expresses specific regret for what he's said and done since Chapman's death, and he offers an apology "to those I misled.”
UPDATE, 4:43 pm: Detective Patrick Michaud, a spokesperson for the Seattle Police Department, responded to BuzzFeed's criticism of Montgomery's arrest:
The Seattle Police Department has asked the Office of Police Accountability to review the November 4, 2018 arrest of a BuzzFeed reporter in Seattle.
Because the matter is now with the OPA, the department cannot provide any additional comment on the incident at this time. However, the department would like to note that it values its relationships with journalists at many local and national outlets, and firmly believes in the importance of a free press.