Simon Leviev, Who Was Featured in The Tinder Swindler, Spoke Out for the First Time


You might have heard about the Netflix documentary, The Tinder Swindler. 

It’s based on true stories of a man who tricked numerous women into giving him millions of dollars after meeting on Tinder. After less than a month since the documentary dropped, the man himself has spoken up to defend his honour.

Here’s what he has to say.

“I Was Just A Single Guy That Wanted To Meet Some Girls On Tinder.”

Shimon Hayut, who went by the alias Simon Leviev, had an interview with Inside Edition about the documentary. And, of course, he denied being a Tinder Swindler. 

Accompanied by his girlfriend, model Kate Konlin, he said, “I’m not this monster. I was just a single guy that wanted to meet some girls on Tinder.”

Hayut also told Netflix that he would file a lawsuit for “defamation and lies”. He said that the women featured in the documentary “weren’t conned and weren’t threatened”.

He also emphasized that the claims of him pretending to be the son of billionaire diamond mogul Lev Leviev were false.

The man also said he didn’t feel bad for the women who were featured in the documentary, because he did not do anything that the women claimed he did.

I’m sure the many women you conned would tell a different story, but whatever floats your boat, Hayut.

But if he didn’t con all these women, how is he funding his lavish lifestyle?

Hayut said that he’s a “legit businessman”, and added that he bought Bitcoin in 2011. “I don’t need to say how much it’s worth now.”

To the people who labelled him a “fast-talker” and “a fraud, a fake”, Hayut said that people don’t truly know him, so they cannot judge him.

Hayut’s girlfriend, who briefly joined the interview, said in response to the claims made in the documentary, “My God, how someone can build such a fake stunt?”

She also said that Hayut had never borrowed money from her. (Well, if the documentary is telling the truth, it’s simply a matter of sooner or later.)

Signed With Talent Agent and Selling NFTs

Ever since the documentary was released on 2 February, attention has been on Hayut. But this might not necessarily be a bad thing for him.


Case in point: him signing with a talent agent, Gina Rodriguez of Gitoni. He had also joined the personalised video-sharing platform Cameo, where a personalised video with him is selling for $199.

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Hayut has also been branching out his business ventures, from selling NFTs to T-shirts. His website stated that part of his proceeds goes to the Global Fund for Children, so I guess at least he’s giving back.

Thankfully, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Hayut is banned from Tinder and other platforms like, OkCupid, Hinge and PlentyOfFish. He may have no choice but to really be a “legit businessman” from now on.

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Featured Image: Inside Edition and Netflix