Tinder Swindler victim Ayleen Charlotte opens up about being scammed in first interview since the Netflix doccie

Ayleen Charlotte on Red Table Talk.
Ayleen Charlotte on Red Table Talk.
Photo: Facebook/Red Table Talk

  • Tinder Swindler victim Ayleen Charlotte is sharing her story. 
  • In a new interview, Charlotte recalls having to pick up the pieces of her life and start over.
  • "It took me almost one and a half years to build myself up again," the 30-year-old said.

Three months after the release of the Netflix documentary that shook the world, Tinder Swindler victim Ayleen Charlotte is sharing more about what happened.

Those who watched the documentary will remember Charlotte as the woman who took her own revenge on Simon Leviev – born Shimon Yehuda Hayut – when she sold all his designer clothes online to make up for the thousands of dollars he swindled from her.

In an exclusive interview on Red Table Talk with Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith, and Gammy Norris, Charlotte recalls picking up the pieces of her life and starting over.

"It had to be devastatingly heart-breaking to have to sit and watch this whole thing turn the way it did," Pinkett Smith says to Charlotte, who explains, "It took me almost one and a half years to build myself up again."

"You have so many emotions because you lost the 'love of your life,' you lost all of your money, you're in big problems with banks, with loans."

Charlotte also revealed that the moment she realised everything was fake and "woke up" was when she read the article that first exposed Leviev on the Norwegian news site VG.

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The 30-year-old also spoke of what really happened in the bloodied photos she received from Leviev, who claimed his enemies had attacked him.

"He got into a fight in a club, and someone broke a bottle on his head, and that's it. It was just a regular bar fight."

Sharing more about how she is doing since finding out that her boyfriend was a professional scam artist, Charlotte said: "When you are at school, first you will get lessons, and then after that, you get the exam. But in real life, you get the exam first and then the lesson."


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