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Former 'Tinder Swindler' Bodyguard Wants Apology, $5 Million From Netflix
Through his attorney, Shimon Hayut's former bodyguard,Piotr, is demanding an apology and millions from Netflix for including him in "The Tinder Swindler."
The former bodyguard for the “Tinder Swindler” isn’t the biggest fan of the new Netflix documentary, and he’s demanding both an apology and a payday.
The former bodyguard, who is known only by his first name Piotr, has sent a cease and desist letter to Netflix and it’s full of demands, TMZ reports. The letter, which retracts Piotr’s last name, demands, through attorney Joanna Parafianowicz, that Netflix take down the documentary. It even includes a written apology, expressing remorse for using Piotr’s image and likeness without his consent and for not allowing him the chance to share his story, which Piotr wants Netflix to post on its official site.
"The Tinder Swindler" focused primarily on Shimon Hayut, who duped multiple women on Tinder into believing he was billionaire diamond mogul, Simon Leviev. He hired a team of fake assistants and business partners so he could pose as a jet setting diamond CEO. He conned his victims out of thousands of dollars by asking them to take out lines of credit for him, claiming he needed to hide under different names because he was being threatened.
Parafianowicz claims that the documentary makes it seem like Piotr was in on Hayut’s schemes. She is asking for $5 million, for what she says is harm to her client’s reputation.
Hayut, 31, denies being a conman and told Inside Edition this week that he “was just a single guy that wanted to meet some girls on Tinder.” He was sentenced to 15 months in prison in 2019 for theft, forgery and fraud and ordered to pay $43,289 in compensation in December 2019. After serving five months, he was released. He previously served a two-year sentence in a Finnish prison for conning three women in 2015.
“I’m not a fraud and I’m not a fake,” Leviev told Inside Edition. “People don't know me so they cannot judge me. I'm the biggest gentleman in the world.”