A New York-based film producer filed a lawsuit against his real-life femme fatale. He claims she ran a lonely hearts scam on him, milking him for over $1 million.
The defendant in the lawsuit is Nava Ziva Shapiro. Court documents reveal that she has no less than five aliases. She set her sights on New York-based producer Dean Bivins, and went for the financial kill.
Bivins, who produces low-budget indie films, says she introduced herself to him by posing as a consultant in the movie industry. The alleged con-artist promised to use her Wall Street contacts to help fund his film projects.
Instead of helping him, she ended up conning the produce out of $1.2 million. She spent the 53-year-old’s money on designer clothes, spa treatments, jewelry, expensive lingerie and a Central Park South apartment, Bivins alleges in his suit.
He says she even made demands for him to cover her daily massages “to relieve back pain as a result of her artificial breast implants.”
After Shapiro — who met Bivins at a movie premiere in May 2016 and introduced herself as Katie Gates — learned Bivins had a movie production company, Groovy Boots Productions, she claimed she had worked in Wall Street but was now a film industry consultant.
She then lured him into hiring her, according to Bivins’ lawsuit, filed late Thursday in Manhattan Supreme Court.
Shapiro, 48, told him she “had recently fallen on some hard times, but with Bivins’ help, she could get back on her feet again. Shapiro tricked Bivins into buying her “designer clothing, jewelry and accessories, under the guise that she needed such items to ‘look the part’ of a film industry consultant.”
She also manipulated him into thinking “she needed a luxurious Central Park South apartment, furnished with high-end furniture and kitchenware, in order to entertain potential investors,” Bivens also claims.
Shapiro then allegedly started playing with his heart to get at even more of his money.
“Bivins, who had not been in a relationship with a woman in over ten years, was an easy target for Shapiro,” the suit points out. “Pretending to be in love with him, she caused him to break all ties with family, controlled all aspects of his life, tracked his whereabouts, and stole his credit card information.”
After Bivins got wise to her scheme, he tried to break up and boot her from the apartment last December. But Shapiro called the cops, claiming Bivins locked her out and “beat her, leaving her with visible injuries to her back” — leading to his arrest for misdemeanor assault.