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Alleged ‘Tinder Swindler’ Sued by Diamond Magnate’s Family Over Impersonation

Simon Leviev has swiped his approach to a lawsuit.

The topic of the mega-popular Netflix true-crime documentary “The Tinder Swindler” is being sued by the Leviev household, in response to the doc obtained by E! Information on Feb. 28. Within the documentary, he was accused of pretending to be a member of the Leviev household to draw ladies on the relationship app Tinder, earlier than allegedly taking tons of of 1000’s of {dollars} from his victims.

In an announcement to E! Information, Chagit Leviev, the daughter of Israeli diamond magnate Lev Leviev and an heiress to the household’s fortune, mentioned the multi-million greenback lawsuit goals to get Simon Leviev (born Shimon Hayut) to “face justice and get the sentence he deserves.”

“Shimon Hayut is a fraud who stole our household’s identification and has tried to use our good title to con victims out of thousands and thousands of {dollars},” in an announcement to E! Information on Feb 28. “He has no relation to the Leviev household and has no affiliation with our firm LLD Diamonds.”

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Chagit continued, “I’m relieved that his actual identification and actions have been globally uncovered, and hopefully this may deliver an finish to his unscrupulous actions.”

Whereas she will not be listed as a plaintiff within the swimsuit, her relations Zevulun Leviev, Ayelet Leviev Jacobson, Ruthy Leviev Yelizerov and Hagit Sofiev Leviev are, together with firm LLD Diamonds USA, LLC, in response to the submitting.

The lawsuit filed in Tel Aviv, Israel, states that Simon “has been making false representations as being the son of Lev Leviev and receiving quite a few advantages (together with materials ones),” per the swimsuit. The paperwork additionally state that Simon “defrauded, cheated, conned, falsified, and damage ladies, males and companies” all over the world whereas “impersonating” a member of their household and utilizing their “rich” fame.

The household alleges that Simon took “with out permission” a photograph of Lev and Ayelet and used Photoshop to edit himself into the household shot. Per the swimsuit, “He introduced the ‘mounted’ picture to men and women as proof of being a Leviev member of the family, thereby making a misrepresentation that he is part of the household, and did so to generate private revenue and mislead the general public.”

Accusations within the lawsuit embody defamation, invasion of privateness and breach of logos. The Leviev household mentioned that Simon’s “despicable actions” defame and “humiliate” them.

In response to the Netflix documentary, which premiered Feb. 2, Simon, 31, modified his title and claimed to be the son of the diamond tycoon on the relationship app Tinder. He then allegedly swindled a number of ladies into opening bank cards for him, below the guise he was at risk of enemies inside the diamond enterprise. Authorities have estimated he could have scammed $10 million from alleged victims all over the world, in response to The Instances of Israel.

Simon has not been charged with any crimes associated to the accusations within the documentary.

Lawyer Man Ophir, who represents the Leviev household, instructed E! Information this authorized motion is simply the start of numerous lawsuits.

“Within the subsequent [phase] we are going to file a financial swimsuit in opposition to Simon and every other affiliate that may work with him, together with some web sites which have Joint ventures with Simon and/or have supplied to purchase cameos from him,” the lawyer mentioned. “Anybody that may attempt to capitalize from this scheme will probably be sued.”

In response to the submitting, a rep for Simon instructed E! Information, “Simon believes the household is simply attempting to insert themselves within the narrative for publicity after the present’s success.”

They added, “Simon additionally legally modified his title in 2015 and appears ahead to this getting thrown out in courtroom.”

In an interview with Inside Version earlier this month, Simon defended himself from the Netflix allegations, saying he “was only a single man that wished to fulfill some ladies on Tinder.”

“I used to be stunned what number of ladies wished me and what number of ladies supplied to journey to fulfill me with out them figuring out me,” he mentioned. “I am not this monster that everyone has created.”

The alleged con man is at the moment relationship Israeli mannequin Kate Konlin and is reportedly engaged on a relationship present, with Gina Rodriguez signed on as his expertise supervisor.

“I am not a fraud and I am not a pretend,” he instructed Inside Version. “Folks do not know me so they can not decide me. I am the largest gentleman on this planet.”


Reporting by Alli Rosenbloom


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