Model Who Claimed 'Proof of Trump-Russia Collusion' Lied To 'Save Her Life'
The Belarusian model claimed she had proof of election meddling
The Belarusian model who claimed she had proof of Donald Trump colluding with Russia as part of 2016 election meddling now says she made the whole thing up to 'save her life.'
Anastasia Vashukevich appeared in court in Thailand for allegedly conducting sex training seminars in the country.
She was arrested last year and spent almost year behind bars before being deported.
The model was then arrested in Moscow earlier this month on prostitution charges.
Vashukevich claimed to have recordings of Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska that would prove Trump’s connections to Russia.
She claimed she obtained the recordings after an affair with the Russian billionaire.
But Vashukevich is now backtracking on her claims, saying she made the whole thing up to gain media attention to save her life while she was being held in Thailand.
"I think it saved my life, how can I regret it? If journalists had not come at that time and that story had not come to the newspapers, maybe I would die [be dead by] now,” she told CNN.
The model also claimed she was instructed by Russian security services to stop talking about Deripaska.
“They explained to me very clear[ly] what should I do, what should I say and what I shouldn't say,” she said.
"They said to me, 'Don't touch Oleg Deripaska anymore.'"
Moscow and Washington initially dismissed f Vashukevich's story, which the US State Department called 'bizarre.'
Vashukevich recently wrote a book about seducing oligarchs.
Deripaska won an invasion of privacy lawsuit against her after a video filmed by the model revealed the tycoon vacationing with an influential Russian deputy prime minister.
Donald Trump's ex-campaign manager, Deripaska, and Manafort, allegedly did business together in the mid-2000s.
Manafort has since been sentenced in the US of financial crimes related to political work he did in Ukraine before the 2016 election as well as witness tampering.
He has since admitted providing polling data to a Russia.