Shimon Hayut, also known as Simon Leviev or the Tinder Swindler, has finally broken his silence, only a few weeks after a Netflix documentary exposing him as a con went viral.
In a yet-to-be-released interview with Inside Edition, Leviev denied being a con and accused Netflix of fabricating a movie about him, insisting that he was “a perfect gentleman.”
In the documentary, which aired on the video-streaming app, the Israeli national meets women on the popular dating app Tinder, whom he later defrauds of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The documentary includes testimonies from three women who accuse the swindler of posing as a wealthy diamond businessman’s son living life on the fast track.
Leviev portrays himself as someone who is used to private jets, designer clothes, and expensive vacations before duping women out of thousands of dollars while claiming to be under attack from ‘his enemies.’
Hayut has a history of being arrested for fraud, theft, and forgery. Despite spending five months in prison, he denied being a con man. He appeared in the interview with his current girlfriend, Kat Konlin, a model.
“I’m not a fake or a fraud. People don’t know me, so they can’t pass judgment.” Hayut stated.
“I was just a single guy looking to meet some girls on Tinder,” he explained, adding that he is the “biggest gentleman.”
He went on to say that Netflix “presented it as a documentary, but in reality it was a made-up movie.”
Hayut went on to say that he would put his newfound fame to good use, claiming that a number of Hollywood producers had already approached him about working with him.