In an episode of Vice News Tonight on HBO set to air at 7:30 p.m. EST Tuesday, Emin Agalarov, the Russian pop star and real-estate mogul at the center of much of the rumors swirling around President Donald Trump’s past visits to Russia, talks about allegations that he was an agent of Russian collusion.
He also says he had no knowledge that sex workers had been sent to Donald Trump’s hotel room when he visited Moscow in 2013.
“I have been accused of influencing — this is gonna sound very strange — influencing the American election. Me, this guy here from Azerbaijan, living in Moscow. Because I know personally Mr. Donald Trump,” Emin told Vice. “It’s quite a strange and ridiculous accusation.”
In fact, there appears to be evidence that in the interest of reviving a flagging music career, the pop star reached out to members of Trump’s team. He confirms that he spoke briefly to Donald Trump Jr.
The interview comes as President Donald Trump prepares to meet with President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland on July 16th.