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‘The Tinder Swindler’ Simon Leviev: “will share my side of the story”

Netflix’s newest documentary The Tinder Swindler revolves around the treacherous Ponzi scheme run by the Israeli man Simon Hayut who tricked several women and conned hundreds and thousands of dollars.  

He has recently taken to Instagram to share his thoughts about the film before deactivating his social media. 

Directed by Felicity Morris, the documentary shows how the women were lured in by his trap as he posed as a diamond heir, adopting the alias name of Simon Leviev. Showing off his allegedly lavish lifestyle, he stole nearly $10million from the victims and tried to convince them of his trust and loyalty by taking them out on extravagant dates. 

Taking to his Instagram, he said, “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.” He thanked the people around him for their support before deactivating the account. 

Hayut was jailed in Israel for using a fake passport and sentenced to prison. However, due to his good behaviour, he was released just five months in and continues to be a free man. 

His freedom indicates how the justice system collectively failed the victims Cecilie Fjellhoy, Ayleen Koeleman and Pernilla Sjoholm in seeking justice against this fraudulent perpetrator. 

They have now started a GoFundMe page to raise money for repayment of their debts that they inculcated while being falsely manipulated by Hayut. 

Watch this harrowing modern-day horror story on Netflix now.