The US-Ukrainian playboy detained in Dubai for posting the infamous “Butt Squad” photoshoot of naked models admitted in a new interview that he had sex with two of the young women – and insisted the high-rise balcony episode was no publicity stunt.
Vitaliy Grechin, 41, was thrown in jail after he caused a furor in the United Arab Emirates by sharing the racy images to Instagram. He has admitted the X-rated event was a “mistake.”
Grechin picked up the tab for the $13,500 all-expenses-paid trip by the 21 women to the conservative country, according to The Sun, which interviewed the property tycoon who has reportedly been seen eating with George Clooney and posing with Hillary Clinton.
“I live the way 90 percent of heterosexual males on this planet would like to live but don’t. And I don’t want to apologize for it,” he told the news outlet via cell phone.
Grechin said he tested positive for COVID-19 while incarcerated for 20 days before being released without being charged and placed under a 10-day quarantine.
“It’s not a prison but I can’t leave the room and everything I do is monitored,” he told The Sun.
Grechin insisted that the models — who faced charges of public debauchery but have since been released and left the country – are just “friends” and not involved in prostitution.
The father of one also claimed the balcony pose was not a publicity stunt or a promotion of any kind.
“What the girls did is wrong, based on the laws of Dubai. But we are talking about a bunch of very young, excited, open-minded, regular girls who have nothing to do with escorting, modeling or anything else,” he told the outlet.
“In Dubai, everything is on camera. If we had other guys coming over, if these girls were prostituting, it would all show up,” Grechin said. “I’ve had sexual relations with two of these girls — and not at the same time. We’re normal people.”
He added: “To understand the mentality of these women you have to understand the culture they come from. It’s a much more open society.
“They look at Instagram and Playboy magazine and feel sometimes it’s OK if you’re beautiful to show the outline of your figure,” Grechin told The Sun.
“That doesn’t mean they want to participate in a filmed orgy or porn. There is a clear difference in our culture between something that is sexual and something that is aesthetically pleasing and beautiful,” he added.
Grechin described how the “Butt Squad” photoshoot unfolded, saying the group spent April 3 at a pool and a restaurant before going to Russian IT boss Alexei Kontsov’s penthouse in the posh Marina district.
After removing their swimwear, some of the women went out on the balcony to take a photo with the panoramic view, he said.
“It wasn’t planned or premeditated. No one was forced to do anything. I organized the trip but not the shoot because there was no shoot,” Grechin said, “It wasn’t intended to be a publicity stunt. We didn’t have anything to promote.”
He said an unknown neighbor snapped images of the women and posted them on social media.
“We have no idea who filmed it or why. They’re the ones producing the pornography and distributing it, not us,” Grechin said.
Inside the apartment, a photo was taken of the models’ butts while he said he played Beethoven and Mozart on the piano.
“It’s not an explicit photo,” he added. “They were private photos of a private group of friends. They weren’t meant to be public.”
One of the women, 23-year-old Nataliya Chuprina, called the balcony photo a “souvenir,” a “keepsake for ourselves,” The Sun reported.
Born in Kiev to a doctor, Daniel, and an accountant, Raisa, the family moved to the US when he was 10 and settled in a suburb of Detroit, according to the report.
He said he joined the US Army and performed intelligence work in the wake of 9/11. US authorities confirmed to The Sun that he was a member of the US Army Reserve, serving as translator/interpreter from 1998 to 2005.
“I joined the US Army out of patriotic feelings. It also helped me pay my way through college,” Grechin told the outlet.
He later founded a Ukrainian finance company and sold three-quarters of it to a private equity firm owned by Russian billionaire Oleg Boyko, The Sun reported.
“On that deal alone I made a few million dollars,” he said.
Federal Election Commission records viewed by The Sun show he donated more than $139,000 to the Democratic Party and President Barack Obama’s campaign funds.
Grechin’s globetrotting lifestyle included monthly parties with beautiful women he says are his friends in various exotic locales, including Thailand, Bali and the Maldives.
“I’ve lived my dream life for decades. I’m very sorry it has become public because of an idiotic 30 seconds on a balcony,” he told The Sun.