Russian Eurovision star’s ‘secret adult film’ past revealed
A photo has emerged showing the naked star holding a saw to a woman’s throat.
Eurovision favourite Russia was has become embroiled in a fetish porn scandal after pictures emerged of its contestant seemingly posing for a series of explicit snaps.
Sergey Lazarev is seen sitting naked on a bed while menacingly holding a saw to the throat of a woman handcuffed to a radiator.
However, the Kremlin quickly dismissed claims its star was a porn actor, insisting the images were taken to highlight domestic violence issues, according to The Sun.
The paper claims that Moscow was in the dark about the nude photos until last month and has hired computer experts to try to “wipe all trace of them from the internet”.
Lazarev is one of Russia’s biggest singers, and his dance-pop anthem ‘You Are the Only One’ is currently impressing audiences across Europe.
No expense was spared on the staging of tonight’s performance, which features a mesmerising blend of projection and physicality that could win over fans if staged well on the night.
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If he does win, Lazarev insists that Russia would welcome the contest’s gay fans next year – but as anti-gay extremism is also on the rise, Eurovision lovers may also face the threat of vigilante violence.
The country has had a tumultuous relationship with the camp contest, which is known for its large gay following.
The country’s lawmakers have repeatedly called for a boycott the ‘Eurovision sodom show’, with a renewed push after the victory of drag artist Conchita Wurst.
The contest’s fans have been equally hostile to Russia – though it has not impacted their scores – with the contest deploying ‘anti-booing’ tech last year to minimise repeated heckling.
It is unclear what path the EBU would take in case of a Russian victory, though sources insist the safety of fans will always be paramount.
Russia could in theory pass up the chance to host the contest – but this would be hugely embarrassing given the all-out approach to winning.