Tinder Swindler, Simon Leviev, Speaks Out After The Documentary
The 31-year-old seems to have gone back to his life of luxury
Simon Leviev, the infamous ‘Tinder Swindler,’ has broken his silence since the Netflix documentary aired. During an interview with Inside Edition, the Israeli-born con artist has denied any wrongdoing.
Simon, aka Shimon Hayut, was quoted as saying, “I’m not this monster. I was just a single guy that wanted to meet some girls on Tinder.”
He also claimed that he was a victim of a witch hunt after his dating exploits were exaggerated by the documentary. The 31-year-old conman has been accused of scamming women out of $10 million.
“They presented it as a documentary, but in truth, it’s a completely made-up movie. I’m the biggest gentleman in the world.” He said
Supporting his claims was Hayut’s 24-year-old, Ukraine-born Israeli model girlfriend Kate Konlin, who also briefly featured in the Netflix documentary. She said she did not believe the women who claimed to be scammed, and added that he has never borrowed money from her.
“My god, it is like, how someone can build such a fake story,” said Konlin.
On the claims of posing as a son of a billionaire diamond mogul, the twice-convicted fraudster said, “They weren’t conned and they weren’t threatened. No, I am not, and I never presented myself the son of a billionaire diamond mogul.”
Adding “I’m a legit businessman. I got into Bitcoin in 2011, it was nothing. I don’t need to say how much it is worth now.”
When asked if he feels sorry for what his victims have gone through he said “I feel bad for something that I didn’t do? No, I feel bad for whatever happened to myself. I want to clear my name. I want to say to the world, this is not true.”
“I am not a fraud and I’m not a fake. People don’t know me, so they cannot judge me,” Hayut added.