Elton John said Tuesday that Vladimir Putin called him after the musician requested a meeting to discuss Russia's anti-gay environment — but Putin's spokesman denied the report, The Associated Press reported.
There was no immediate way to reconcile the differing accounts.
The British star thanked Putin on Instagram for reaching out and speaking via telephone with him. John's publicist, Gary Farrow, confirmed the content of the Instagram post Tuesday.
Last week John criticized Russia's law against gay "propaganda" and comments by Putin suggesting that gay people prey on children.