An escort who claimed that she had evidence the Trump campaign colluded with Russia is now saying that she made the story up to draw media attention to her own perilous situation.
According to Fox News:
Anastasia Vashukevich, who spent months in a Thai jail last year for organizing sex training seminars, grabbed headlines after saying she has evidence that Russia worked with Trump’s campaign.
She asked the U.S. government to secure her freedom from the Thai lockup and grant her political asylum in exchange for recordings in which she said Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska is heard talking about interfering in the U.S. presidential elections. She reportedly worked as an escort, with Deripaska being one of her clients.
But the model now claims her story was just an effort to attract media attention and save her life while she was detained 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 said that the Russian government told her not to speak about the oligarch anymore and that she should stop making claims like this. It is unclear if this means the evidence exists, but for now she is claiming the claims were a ruse, and the media fell for it.