Sex video star charged

The woman who starred in a series of sex videos that resulted in the sacking of officials and managers of State-owned enterprises in Chongqing has been formally charged with blackmail by local prosecutors, the People's Online reported on Thursday.

Zhao Hongxia, the mistress who caused the downfall of Lei Zhengfu, the former Party chief in the city's Beibei district, was charged with extorting 5 million yuan ($812,500) from two officials. Lei paid 3 million yuan in blackmail in an attempt to keep the sex video from being made public.

Zhao has been in police custody since November.

Eleven local officials and company managers were fired after the scandal made headlines late last year.


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