- Simon Leviev’s ex-girlfriend watched the documentary “Tinder Swindler” with him.
- She alleged to the BBC that she also suffered emotional and financial abuse from Leviev.
- Konlin said she left Leviev after the toxicity in their relationship escalated.
Simon Leviev’s ex-girlfriend, also known as ‘Tinder Swindler’, told the BBC she watched the documentary about her abusive boyfriend while sitting next to him.
Israeli model Kate Konlin told the BBC: “He called every woman who spoke out against him a liar. He doesn’t want me to tell my story of emotional abuse.”
The 23-year-old opened up about how “perfect” her relationship with Leviev was at first, just like it was with the women who appeared in the ‘Tinder Swindler’ documentary.
“At first our relationship was a love bomb,” Konlin told the BBC. “He was obsessed with me.”
She thought that’s what real love should be.
Soon, however, the romance and romance turned sour, with Leviev – who was born as Shimon Heyada Hayut – constantly criticizing Konlin’s looks, clothes and weight.
She got lost in the 18-month relationship, she told the BBC.
She said the relationship continued to grow increasingly abusive, with Leviev asking Konlin for hundreds of thousands of dollars. She told the BBC he owed her $150,000.
In a voice note broadcast on the BBC, Leviev yells at Konlin for money.
He is recorded as saying, “Kate, I’m a millionaire!” And it is a fact. For now, I’m stuck. You understand ? I am stuck ! I’m stuck, Kate. I didn’t steal from you. You gave it to me of your own free will. You lent it to me. I’m stuck, that’s all.
This mirrors the events that took place in the documentary “Tinder Swindler”, where Leviev scammed several women out of around 10 million dollars. He continues to deny the allegations.
Konlin told the BBC that she watched the documentary while sitting on the sofa next to Leviev, who controlled her and persuaded her to defend him.
“He said to me, ‘If you stick up for me, people will believe me, because you’re a woman,'” she told the BBC.
Konlin said she left Leviev after the toxicity in their relationship escalated and after, she said, he pushed her, causing her to injure her foot and call an ambulance.
As she got into the ambulance, Leviev filmed her and shouted that nothing had happened to her. Konlin filed a complaint with the police. Leviev denied ever being physically violent towards a woman when the BBC asked him about the incident.
Leviev was arrested and convicted in Finland in 2015 for defrauding several women, serving two years in prison.
In December 2019, he was also sentenced to 15 months in prison in Israel after fleeing the country twice to try to avoid charges of theft, forgery and fraud in 2011 and again in 2017. Leviev served five of the 15 months before being released. in May 2020.
Despite being a convicted con artist, with many of his victims speaking out about the emotional and financial abuse they suffered at Leviev’s hands, he continues to have a massive following on social media.
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