The focus of Netflix’s latest crime documentary, The Tinder Swindler, is Simon Hayut, an Israeli man who ran a grand Ponzi scheme. In this scheme, he assumed the fake identity of a wealthy diamond heir, adopted the alias of Simon Leviev and conned several women of hundreds and thousands of dollars.
However, in a recent interview, the man has claimed to be a “legit businessman” and has denied ever conning the women of their money.
Hayut met all these women via the dating app named Tinder, where he falsely displayed his alleged wealth. Yachts, private jets, expensive dinners and parties galore, Hayut lured them into believing his fake opulence.
Manipulative, calculative and charming, Hayut’s story of fraudulence has shocked the Netflix viewers. They are taken aback by this harrowing modern-day horror dating scandal.
However, Hayut has denied being the swindler Felicity Morris’ documentary portrays him. Talking about how he is “not this monster”, Hayut said, “I was just a single guy that wanted to meet some girls on Tinder.”
He spoke about how the women were not “conned” or “threatened” and has decided to file a defamation lawsuit against the streamer for falsifying the information. He revealed how he “felt bad” about the women’s allegations in the documentary and called himself a “legit businessman”.
He is desperately waiting to bring his side of the truth to the world. He said, “I want to clear my name, I want to say to the world, this is not true.”
His present girlfriend also defended him, and her tirade on the “fake stunt” continued long after Hayut stopped speaking.
Take a look at the interview below: