Tinder Swindler claims ‘the movie is fake’ as he speaks out for the first time
The Netflix documentary of the same name tells the story of Simon Leviev, who robbed countless thousands of unsuspecting women.
It focuses on three women who matched him on the dating app and were all tricked into handing over hundreds of thousands of pounds to fund his lavish lifestyle and help convince others to fall in love with him. .
But speaking to Inside Edition, Leviev, who is now dating a model, claimed he was not a scammer.
In a snippet of the interview that has yet to air, he said, “I’m not a Tinder Swindler.
“I’m not an impostor and I’m not an impostor. People don’t know me – so they can’t judge me.
“I was just a single guy who wanted to meet girls on Tinder.”
Ever since the movie landed, viewers have wondered how Leviev — real name Shimon Hayut — got away with his crimes for so many years.
Gina Rodriguez said her client had “evidence” that would prove his innocence.
She told us, “He can’t wait to clear his name and share his side.”
Ms Rodriguez said she signed it on February 14 – Valentine’s Day – after watching the documentary, which she said did not explain everything.
She said: “I watched the Netflix documentary on February 13 and was intrigued by the story but had a lot of unanswered questions.
“I was curious what Simon’s version of the story was since it wasn’t featured on the show.
“So I looked him up on Instagram and found his profile and messaged him. He didn’t reply until Monday, February 14.”
Ms Rodriguez also revealed that Leviev is now looking for opportunities to use his newfound fame to make a name for himself in Hollywood.
And she said there were already discussions underway to bring it to the big screen.
She said: “We are currently in talks for several projects – television and films.”
Ms Rodriguez confirmed that Simon was discussing the idea of ”hosting a dating show” and that there had been “a lot of interest” from film studios to work with him.
But as Simon seeks to advance his career in the United States, his victims are still looking to recoup some of their losses.
A GoFundMe page created by Cecilie Fjellhøy, Pernilla Sjoholm and Ayleen Charlotte has raised over £140,000 ($190,000).
The trio set up the page in a bid to win £600,000 ($816,000), after losing thousands to Leviev.
The Tinder scammer is available to watch on Netflix now.