Sex tape official sacked; mistress was offered as a bribe; Wang Lijun, Bo Xilai involved?
The hideous sex tape scandal involving a Chongqing official and his 18-year-old mistress, which we reported earlier this week, turns out to be a small tip of the iceberg. A local construction company bribed the ignominious Lei Zhengfu, among other officials in Chongqing, with young attractive women. Then Chongqing police chief Wang Lijun might have suppressed its information to protect him. On November 23, 63 hours after the sex tape scandal was exposed and dominated the Chinese social media sites, Lei was deposed and handed over to the police.
Zhu Ruifeng, a self-proclaimed reporter at jdwsy.com, an unofficial watchdog website, disclosed that all the tips-off about the sexual bribery involving Lei and other officials were provided by his informant inside the city’s police system, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of political repercussion.
According to Zhu, the woman in the sex tape is named Zhao Hongxia and was 18-year-old at the time. The video was secretly shot in February 2007 unbeknownst to Lei. This woman is only one of a number of attractive women the company offered to Lei as a form of bribe.
From 2002 to 2006, Lei Zhengfu, while serving as the party secretary of Dianjiang county under the city of Chongqing, he used his position to give contracts of the county’s public works projects to a construction company owned by his younger brother to benefit himself and his family. Other contractors could only get leftover nominal projects.
In 2007, in order to win lucrative contracts from him, who had by then been promoted to the vice party secretary of Chongqing’s Jiulongpo District, one construction company offered huge bribes to Lei. However, having netted millions of yuan, Lei was not impressed and rejected their offer.
The company soon found out about Lei’s particular interest in women. So they hired several young women, all under 20, and put them through strict training before sending them to sexually please Lei. At the same time, these young women, who approached Lei with fake identities and proffered to be his mistresses, secretly videotaped the intercourse for the company to have more leverage over Lei.
In 2009, the head of the construction company fell out with Lei over business interests and threatened Lei with the sex tape. Lei came cleaned on his ‘one-time mistake’ to Bo Xilai, then the party boss of Chongqing and a contender for one of China’s most powerful political posts. Soon, Wang Lijun, then Chongqing’s police chief, headed a special team to investigate the matter. As the result, Zhao Hongxia was detained for 30 days, and the boss of the company was incarcerated for a year for ‘carving an official seal without authorization from the government.’
Other officials in Chongqing were also offered sex with young attractive women by the same company in the past years. The informant gave to Zhu Ruifeng similar sex tapes of at least five officials, all of whom are, like Lei, at the bureau level, according to China’s political hierarchy.
Wang Lijun, whose much-publicized defection to the U.S. consulate led to the downfall of Bo Xilai, previously a Maoist political star in China amid one of the biggest political scandals in recent decades.
Meanwhile, Chinese netizens who are abhorrent of Lei’s obscene act and look launched another orgy of photo editing to vilify Lei.
Original ID photo of Lei Zhengfu