Life writes the best stories. The Tinder Swindler on Netflix tells the unbelievable story of Simon Leviev, a conman who met women on Tinder, posed as a billionaire, and conned them out of their life savings. He called himself the “Prince of Diamonds,” telling women he was the heir to LLD Diamonds and the owner’s son, Lev Leviev. One thing the women say made it all feel real was that Simon had a team with him – including a bodyguard called Peter.
Peter is now allegedly suing Netflix over the documentary. According to Peter’s lawyer, he had no part in any scam, and he is now suing for breaching his “human rights,” which have led to him suffering mentally. His lawyer Joanna Parafianowicz said nobody reached out and talked to her client before the documentary was made. “No one has the right to deprive a person of basic rights, such as the right to image and the right to the protection of personal data,” she said. “The movie doesn’t tell my client’s story, and it must be underlined – no charges have been ever brought against him regarding this case. He’s never been involved in Simon’s businesses.”
However, many viewers would associate him with the Tinder Swindler, whose real name is Shimon Hayut. He is an Israeli citizen and was eventually caught with a fake passport in Greece in 2019. He was extradited to Israel and sentenced to 15 months in prison for theft, fraud, and forgery of documents but got out after five months on good behavior.