An American-Ukrainian businessman who was detained in Dubai for posting an X-rated photoshoot of models posing nude on a high-rise balcony has admitted it was a “mistake.”

Vitaliy Grechin, 41, is being held behind bars after he caused a furor in the United Arab Emirates by sharing the racy images to Instagram, the Daily Mail reported.

“When people make a mistake and apologize for it, it has to be taken as that,” Grechin said.

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

Grechin — a property tycoon who has reportedly been seen eating with George Clooney and posing with Hillary Clinton — said it was a “spur of the moment decision” for the roughly 20 women to be photographed nude with the city’s skyscrapers in the backdrop.

“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. 

Vitaliy Grechin plays piano surrounded by naked women.
“There was no intent to offend anybody,” Vitaliy Grechin said of the image of naked models.
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“It was a passionate decision to take a photo which wouldn’t show their private parts,” he added.

He argues that the controversial snaps would be considered “art” elsewhere.

“It’s not porn. Everywhere else in the world it would be considered normal. In magazines it would be considered art… it was a unique shot,” he said.

Vitaly Grechin holding a fish on a boat surrounded by women.
Vitaliy Grechin and some of the women were detained on suspicion of prostitution and pornography.
Vitaliy Grechin

Grechin also denied that he had planned the stunt that made international headlines, though he acknowledged that he flew the women and a photographer on the all-expenses trip to Dubai.

“It’s the equivalent of going out to a club or for dinner. There was no escorting, selling, buying, none of that,” he said.

Models on a yacht.
Vitaliy Grechin paid for the models and photographer to accompany him to Dubai.
Vitaliy Grechin

Grechin said he and some of the women were detained on suspicion of prostitution and pornography.

But he claimed the case has been dropped since there’s no evidence of either.

Vitaly Grechin on a boat surrounded by women.
Vitaliy Grechin argues the nude photo would be considered art outside of the United Arab Emirates.
Vitaliy Grechin

He said he was set to be released from jail last week, but then he tested positive for COVID-19.

“I have a paper from the prosecutor saying we have no evidence that you did anything wrong,” Grechin said, the outlet reported. “But I am still in custody and cannot leave the room I am in.”



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