A Melbourne-based man has been charged with blackmail after he allegedly demanded $1,300 from a man he met on Grindr in return for not ‘outing’ him.

The 34-year-old, Timothy Ruge, appeared in Melbourne’s Magistrates Court today for the first time since being charged, 9 News has reported.

He allegedly made the threat on Grindr, before demanding that the victim – whose identity was not revealed in court – hand over money at Southern Cross station.

After the hearing, Ruge told the AAP that the matter involved “unfortunate circumstances”.

He represented himself in court today.

He is due back in court on July 23 with a lawyer.

A Canberra teenager was jailed last year for nine months over his role in a Grindr scam that led to a man committing suicide.

The scam involved meeting men from Grindr, then threatening to accuse them of being paedophiles if they did not pay money.

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