The photographer who landed a group of Ukrainian models in jail for a naked photoshoot taken on a Dubai balcony has come forward.
Alexander Ten, a Russian photographer, said he is the mystery photographer behind the nude image scandal.
The snaps went viral on social media, gaining international media coverage, landing ten of the women in the shoot in jail.
Dubai police arrested the women on charges of debauchery and said “such unacceptable behaviours do not reflect the values and ethics of Emirati society.”
Photographer Alexander left the United Arab Emirates as the women, dubbed the so-called Butt Squad, were detained.
He is understood to have left with three other people, who are all wanted by police in Dubai over their role in the racy shoot.
The alleged organiser of the stunt, American-Ukrainian playboy Vitaliy Grechin, 41, is currently being held in the country and may face a year in prison.
A Russian man by the name of Alexey Kontsov, 33, an IT company boss, has also been detained on suspicion of being present when the shoot took place.
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Kontsov’s Russian company Involta has insisted that both Konstov and Grechin are being held in Dubai “on charges of a crime they did not commit.”
In a statement, the company said: “The women in the picture are Vitaliy Grechin’s close friends, with whom he has travelled before.
“On that day, they were relaxing with Vitaliy in the pool of the house where Alexey lived. There was a photographer Alexander Ten with them.
“In the evening, the group was allowed to go up to Alexey’s apartment to change their clothes. They stayed there for only half an hour.
“At this time the girls went out onto the balcony to admire the view. Alexander Ten, the photographer, suggested they pose for a photograph.”
Ten admitted to Russian news outlet Life that he shot the balcony images but he blamed Grechin for the scandal.
He claimed that he did not know that he is wanted in Dubai and said Involta’s suggestion of him suggesting to take the photo “is an absolute fake.”
Ten told Life: “I did not offer anything. I am an ordinary photographer.
“This was a special shoot for Vitaliy Grechin and his needs.
“I was told to arrive at the appointed time and place and take pictures of the girls, so I arrived.
“I was personally hired by Grechin. I believe that the Involta company made such a statement to seek to free Kontsov.”