The family of an Israeli diamond magnate is suing Simon Leviev, the subject of Netflix’s documentary “The Tinder Swindler,” for using the Leviev family name to scam several women of millions.
In a lawsuit filed in Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court in Israel, the real Leviev family accused Simon Leviev, whose real name is Shimon Hayut of “making false representations as being the son of Lev Leviev and receiving numerous benefits (including material ones), cunningly and using false words, claiming to be a member of the Leviev Family, and that his family (Leviev) will pay and bear the costs of his benefits.”
Guy Ophir, the Leviev family’s attorney, said in a statement on Monday, Feb. 28, that the lawsuit was “only the beginning of a number of lawsuits.”
“In the next phase we will file a monetary suit against Simon and any other affiliate that will work with him, including some websites that have Joint ventures with Simon and/or have offered to buy cameos from him,” the attorney said in a statement. “Anyone that will try to capitalize from this scheme will be sued.”
In a statement to NBC News, Chagit Leviev, the daughter of Lev Leviev, said the lawsuit was the “first step” to ensure that Hayut “face[s] justice and get[s] the sentence he deserves.”
She continued: “Shimon Hayut is a fraud who stole our family’s identity and has tried to exploit our good name to con victims out of millions of dollars. He has no relation to the Leviev family and has no affiliation with our company LLD Diamonds.”