The false heir of “The Tinder Swindler” sued by the Leviev family
Shimon Hayout (Simon Leviev)
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The fake family is everything. Shimon Hayut, the subject of the Netflix documentary The Tinder scammer, allegedly scammed several women out of millions of dollars by posing as Simon Leviev, the heir to the Leviev diamond fortune. Now her fake family members have decided they’ve really had enough. The real Israeli diamond tycoons are hitting the impersonator with a barrage of lawsuits, including charges of “making false claims as the son of Lev Leviev and receiving numerous benefits (including material), underhandedly and in using false words, claiming to be a member of the Leviev family, and that his (Leviev) family will pay and bear the cost of his benefits,” by a lawsuit filed in Tel Aviv seen by NBC News.
The Levievs are also suing Hayut’s business connections, family attorney Guy Ophir said in a statement Monday, “We will be taking legal action against Simon and any other affiliates who will work with him, including certain websites that have joint ventures with Simon and/or have offered to buy her cameos. Anyone who tries to take advantage of this scheme will be prosecuted.
The lawsuit is particularly ironic for Hayut, who sent a hostile voicemail to one of the women he scammed in the documentary, saying he would sue her for defamation. When the film was released on February 2, Hayut was still reaping the benefits of his alleged scheme as a free man in Israel. However, after the film topped the Netflix charts, publicity began to overthrow Hayut’s precarious lifestyle. Notably, the lothario Tinder has been banned from several dating apps.