Simon Leviev has been a name on everyone’s lips recently thanks to the explosive documentary released by Netflix – The Tinder Swindler.
Nearly 50 million people around the world were left speechless after finishing the two-hour documentary; not at all surprising when you consider how much money he stole and how easily he was let off the hook.
According to the Independent, Simon is estimated to have swindled $10 million from women around the world, luring his victims with expensive dates in order to gain their trust and then proclaiming that “his enemies are after him,” which inevitably led to the victims forking out thousands to “save him.”
However, the real Simon is finally speaking out and giving his side of the story. In a world exclusive, the latest promo for a new episode of the “Inside Edition” shows Leviev alongside his model girlfriend as he reveals that he is not the Tinder Swindler or the “monster” that the world has made him out to be.
According to the 31-year-old Israeli native, whose real name is Shimon Yehuda Hayut, he claims that he was “just a single guy that wanted to meet some girls on Tinder.”
The explosive documentary revealed that private jets, fancy dinners, yachts and expensive cars were part of his M.O, but Simon states that this is far from the truth. Not only is the alleged “Tinder Swindler” countering with an exclusive interview of his own, but he is reportedly taking legal action against Netflix.
“I will proceed with the lawsuit against you for discrimination and lies and, you know, everything is based basically on a lie. And that’s it, this is how it’s gonna be.”
Despite the alleged con artist vehemently denying the allegations brought against him by the documentary, the charges brought against him are anything but made-up.
In 2015, Leviev was sentenced to two years in a Finnish jail for similar scams, but he was later released on good behaviour. He was arrested a few years later in Greece for travelling with a fake passport and deported back to Israel, where he was sentenced to 15 months in prison for theft and forgery.
Check out the trailer for the interview below: