More details have emerged (CN) about disgraced Chongqing official Lei Zhengfu and his 18-year-old mistress, a sex-tape of whom was leaked last week.
Zhu Ruifeng, the Chinese reporter who originally broke the story, has identified the woman in the video as Zhao Hongxia (seen below), who was one of a number of young, attractive women provided to Lei as a bribe from developers.
Between 2002 and 2006, while Lei was Dianjiang County Party Secretary, he allegedly took advantage of his position to grant a number of lucrative contracts to his brother’s construction company, pocketing a large sum of money for himself in the process. By 2007, after Lei had been promoted to Vice Party Secretary of Chongqing’s Jiulongpo District, Lei’s personal fortune had grown to the extent that developers effectively found him impossible to bribe.
One developer discovered Lei’s weakness for women however, and set about hiring a number of attractive young girls, all under 20-years-old, and using them to set a “honey trap” for Lei. The women, after becoming Lei’s mistresses, would secretly video themselves having sex with the corrupt official, giving their employer leverage over Lei.
In 2009, the developer fell out with Lei and threatened to blow the lid on Lei’s affairs. Lei allegedly then went to Bo Xilai, at the time one of the most powerful men in China and a future Politburo Standing Committee member, and told him about the tapes. Wang Lijun, Bo’s police chief who would eventually cause his downfall, opened an investigation into the matter. The developer who had attempted to blackmail Lei was jailed for a year on a charge of “carving an official seal without authorization from the government”, Zhoa Hongxia, Lei’s “mistress” was also detained.
Zhu claims to have similar sex tapes of at least five other officials with young girls hired by the developer to entrap them.
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Update #1: The Global Times has published an op-ed criticizing Shanghaiist for publishing the above photos, read our rebuttal.
Update #2: Read Global Times’ Tom Fearon’s take on whether we were right to publish photos of Zhao.