, 2022-06-24 14:29:49,
Long before the premiere of the Netflix documentary The Tinder Swindler, diamond mogul Lev Leviev (aka The King of Diamonds) founded LLD Diamonds. The company and the Leviev family became the subject of the highly controversial Netflix documentary that was viewed by more than 50 million subscribing households within weeks of its February 2 premiere. Those featured in the film were thrust into the limelight and their lives were forever changed.
The women involved have united to fight their claims that they were scammed by Shimon Hayut (who now goes by Simon Leviev but will be referred to as Hayut in this article to avoid confusion). He is denying all allegations made against him.
Both sides will face off in court on Tuesday, June 28 at 11:30 IST at a preliminary hearing in the Tel Aviv Magistrate Court. Attorney Guy Ophir, who is representing the Leviev family, spoke in a phone interview and said that he expects the judge to read the indictment against the defendant during the arraignment and that he is supposed to plead guilty or not guilty.
Ophir explained that Hayut’s attorney Yaki Kahan had previously filed a motion to permit his client not to appear in person during the preliminary hearing but then filed another motion stating that his client would appear in person.
“I believe that his attorney will only give oral arguments regarding legal defenses and motions that he would like to file,” says Ophir. “He could ask the court for more time for disclosure; a defendant has the right to give an oral or written plea and a written plea would allow him more time to elaborate on each…
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