China sex tape scandal: 10 more sacked

A scandal involving Chinese city officials having sex with women hired by developers who secretly videotaped the trysts to extort construction deals broadened Friday with state media announcing that 10 more officials have been fired.

The first high-profile case broke in November when online video clips went viral of a 50-something official, Lei Zhengfu, in the throes of passion. Images of his jowly, pop-eyed face became targets of derision and disgust over government corruption.

Lei was fired as Communist Party chief of a district in the southwestern city of Chongqing. State media said Friday that 10 more district- and county-level officials in the city's government, party departments and state-owned enterprises who appeared in additional videos have been fired.

The involvement of officials from across various departments has exposed the intertwining of sex, money and politics and the often shady ties between real estate developers and local officials.

The scandal hints at how widespread corruption is at various levels, said Liu Shanying, a politics researcher. “The incident in Chongqing is not accidental or exceptional. It should be said that it is rather common and that the problem is with corrupted lifestyles,” Liu said.

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