Shimon Hayut Sued! Powerful Leviev Family Demands Punishement For The Star Of The Tinder Swindler Film!
Ever since the Tinder Swindler documentary has come out, Simon Hayut’s name has not left the headlines. And while for the most part many were against him after he allegedly swindled women out of millions of dollars, he had not stopped from using this as a way to get his name out there and kickstart a career. However, it now seems that the man might be in some serious legal trouble for pretending to be the son of the Israeli Russian diamond tycoon Lev Leviev. Why? All because the real-life Leviev and his family filed a lawsuit against Hayut. What is the basis of the lawsuit? What has the family said about him? And who exactly is the Leviev family? Read on to find out.
For those of you who have already binged Tinder Swindler, like us. You’ll be happy to know that Simon Leviev is finally being sued by the *real* Leviev family for pretending to be an heir to their diamond fortune to con women (?: @simonleviev) pic.twitter.com/v1bNtrnIba— What's Trending (@WhatsTrending) March 1, 2022
Who Is The Leviev Family?
While allegedly swindling women out of millions of dollars, Shimon had pretended to be Simon Leviev the son of Lev Leviev. But who exactly is the man? For those who don’t know he is known as the “King of Diamonds”, an investor in diamond mining. He began his career as an apprentice in a diamond polish plant, and there he mastered the diamond cutting process. Now he owns diamond mines in Russia and Africa after he had set up his own diamond polishing plant. Leviev is married to his wife Olga and the two of them have nine children, many of whom are connected to the diamond trade. His daughter Chagit is the President of the Leviev Group USA and his son Zevulun was the CEO of LLD Diamonds. And while Hayut pretended to be his son Simon, none of the real Leviev children have that name. But what exactly did the lawsuit state? Read on.
Tinder Swindler “Simon Leviev” is being sued by the Leviev family for impersonation.— StarFMNews919 (@StarFMNews919) March 2, 2022
In the documentary, Simon calls himself the Prince of Diamonds and claimed to be the son of the owner of LLD Diamonds Lev Leviev.#StarFMNews919@Star919FMpic.twitter.com/mMAGjyb51m
Leviev Family Hits Back At Hayut
Of course, given that the family is quite influential and has many businesses, they did not take kindly to their reputation being tarnished. According to a report by People, the court documents alleged that the lawsuit is being filed for allegedly impersonating them and unjustly enriching himself using their last name. Filed in Tel Aviv, Israel, the suit states, “for a long time, he (Simon Leviev) has been making false representations as being the son of Lev Leviev and receiving numerous benefits (including material ones)”.
Sum Of The Lawsuit
In the documents, the family alleged that Hayut had been cunningly using false words, claiming to be a member of the Leviev family, and that “his family will pay and bear the costs of his benefits”. As a result of all this, he is believed to have defrauded, cheated, conned, falsified, and hurt women, men, and businesses on an international scale. They further went on to add that the defendant used the dating application Tinder to locate women who he then manipulated and cheated out of funds while under the guise of being on the run from individuals intending on hurting him. People had reported that the sum of the lawsuit is in the millions though not a specific number was given.
Leviev’s Daughter Speaks Out
Following the news of the lawsuit being made public, Chagit Leviev, the daughter of Lev and an heiress to the family’s $1 billion fortune, had spoken out about what had happened. In a statement, she said that Hayut is a fraud who stole their family’s identity and has tried to exploit their good name to con victims out of millions of dollars. She highlighted that the family and their businesses had no connection to the man and that she is glad that his actions and real identity have been exposed online. She also noted that the lawsuit filed is the first step out of many to make sure he faces justice and gets the sentence that he deserves. But could this affect his career plans? Read on to find out.
Did He Ever Face Consequences?
For all the alleged conning that the man had done, he was arrested in July 2019 when in Greece and he was extradited back to Israel. There he was convicted of four fraud charges and ordered to compensate his victims of a total of more than $43,000 as it was reported by The Times of Israel at the time. He was also sentenced to a 15-month sentence but was released after having served only five months. However, since his release in May 2020, he has lived as a free man and he regularly posted on his Instagram account, which had amassed more than 100,000 followers before being deleted as of early February 2022. But using his newfound fame, the man has had a chance to make a name for himself and earn money. But could this now be at risk?
The Tinder Swindler documentary was released on February 2nd on Netflix and it followed three women who said they were conned by Leviev. In it, they alleged that the man claimed he was the son of a wealthy tycoon, taking them on extravagant dates, and started relationships with them before scamming them. While Hayut did not appear in the documentary voice messages and pictures were used of him. And while most would think such a thing would make him a very disliked man, it seems that it had the opposite effect and he had found a way to make money. In order to do that he has signed a contract with a Hollywood agent. In the meantime, he has also joined cameo where fans can place requests for personalized videos. According to reports from E-Online, he is charging $300 for personalized video messages and $1,4000 for business ones, and he has already allegedly earned $30k in the time he’s been on the site.
The Swindler Was Swindled?
And while his financial situation hangs under dark clouds in case the Leviev family wins the lawsuit, it seems the swindler got swindled and was scammed himself. According to an exclusive TMZ report, recently Shimon was contacted by a verified account on Instagram who allegedly claimed she could help his girlfriend Kate Konlin get verified on the app through her boyfriend that allegedly worked at Meta. The person had said the only way he could verify them, as well as delete the fake accounts with Hauyt’s name, was for payment of $6664. According to the report they were sent via PayPal through two separate transactions one for him and one for his GF. Not long after his manager had found this deal suspicious and contacted the actual Meta who said they don’t charge for verifications. And before the scammers could be brought to justice, they had completely scrubbed themselves from the internet.
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