Playboy businessman who posted X-rated photoshoot with nude models in Dubai speaks out for first time

THE American playboy behind the Dubai balcony naked photoshoot has spoken for the first time.

Vitaliy Grechin, 41, remains detained in the Gulf city where he has tested positive for Covid but has insisted what happened was “not porn”.



The women in the image – mainly from Ukraine – have all been released from and deported in disgrace with a five year ban on returning.

Speaking from a Dubai coronavirus detention facility Grechin said “sorry” for the “mistake” over the so-called ‘Butt Squad’ photo but denied any intention to cause offence.

He insisted it was “a spur of the moment decision” to take the picture against the background of Dubai’s skyscrapers. 

“It happened within a minute. One girl said ‘I’m going to take a picture,’ and then it was ‘Me too,’ ‘Me too,’ ‘Me too,'” he said.

"I should never probably have allowed something like this. The girls had the mindset that they were on private property behind closed doors. 

“Even if they went on the balcony for 15 seconds it was still something enclosed. There was no intent to create or distribute anything like this."



He argues that the controversial snaps would be considered “art” elsewhere saying: “It’s not porn.

“Everywhere else in the world it would be considered normal.”

He claimed he had paid for around 20 women – all “friends” – to travel to Dubai on an all-expenses paid fun trip to escape lockdown, at a total cost of around $10,000.

“I choose to surround myself with the people I feel comfortable with. Everybody I know personally. 

“It’s the equivalent of going out to a club or for dinner. They are not models, escorts or anything else.”

While he had also flown in photographer Alexander Ten from Moscow, Grechin denied ordering the naked balcony picture or choreographing it. 

“We were in my friend’s swimming pool and at the end of the day the girls had to change,” he explained. 

“There was nowhere else except his apartment. We went to change. The girls went to the apartment and they went on to the balcony to take a photo with a view.


“The neighbour took a video of it and it went viral.  There seems a deduction that the girls are models and prostitutes but they are none of these things.”

Asked if apologised for offence in the Muslim city, he said: “Of course I do. And we all do.  The girls have all apologised in interviews. 

“Clearly, there was no intent to offend anybody. They were not climbing a mosque naked.”

Grechin was reportedly born in Kiev but moved aged ten with his parents to America around the time of the fall of the USSR and has degrees in finance and personnel psychology.

There are claims he served in the US army, and that at some point he was posted to the American embassy in Ukraine. 

Pictures show him posing with then US President Barack Obama in 2011 and the same year with Hillary Clinton, who was then Secretary of State.

Reports at the time show least one political donation of $33,100 by a man of his name to the Obama campaign in 2011. 

He has also been pictured with George Clooney and Sylvester Stallone.

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