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Simon Leviev responds to Netflix's The Tinder Swindler

Photo credit: Courtesy of Netflix - Netflix
Photo credit: Courtesy of Netflix - Netflix

Netflix's latest true-crime documentary The Tinder Swindler has us all absolutely gripped, not least because Simon Leviev/Shimon Hayut has now responded to the production.

The Tinder Swindler's official synopsis reads, "You’ll never 'swipe right' the same again after watching this new film that tells the jaw-dropping story of a prolific conman who posed as a billionaire playboy on Tinder, and the women who set out to bring him down."

In it, the documentary claims Simon Leviev (real name: Shimon Hayut), defrauded victims Pernilla Sjoholm, Cecilie Fjellhøy and Ayleen Charlotte out of tens of thousands of pounds, by taking them on luxury dates and then claiming he was in financial trouble.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Netflix - Netflix
Photo credit: Courtesy of Netflix - Netflix

According to reports, Hayut (aka Simon Leviev) was imprisoned in Israel in December 2019 but was released after five months. On 30th December 2019, it was reported that Hayut had been sentenced to 15 months in prison, convicted of four fraud charges. Hayut was released from prison after just five months, according to reports in May 2020.

Now, an Instagram account under the handle @simon_leviev_official, has seemingly responded to The Tinder Swindler documentary, before the account was deleted.

Photo credit: Netflix
Photo credit: Netflix

According to NME and Insider, the statement read:

"Thank you for all your support. I will share my side of the story in the next few days when I have sorted out the best and most respectful way to tell it, both to the involved parties and myself. Until then, please keep an open mind and heart.

"I mean they should have arrested me when we were still shooting [the documentary]. It's high time the ladies start saying the truth. If you can't give them world they want they'll turn yours to hell. I will be addressing the whole world on Friday. Stay tuned and tag others. Say my name #simontruth."

The Tinder Swindler is now available on Netflix

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