Sleazy Aussie councillors were caught being seduced by escorts on a "boy's weekend" trip to China in a video which was intended for blackmail, a corruption probe heard.
The middle-aged politicians for Hurstville/Georges River Council in southwest Sydney, Australia, were secretly filmed holding hands with high-class sex workers, donning short and tight dresses.
In the clip, some of the young women were seen leading off former mayor Vincenzo Badalati and councillor Philip Sansom hand-in-hand and dining together.
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The video was reportedly shot by Chinese property developer Ching Wah Uy, known as Phillip Uy, who was behind plans to build the $128million (£73m) Landmark One hotel, retail and residential complex and a $44million (£25m) 75-apartment tower in Hurstville.
It is believed he recorded the footage in a blackmail plot on one of the regular 'boy's weekends' he would fund for the councillors back in 2013 – an accusation which the developer denies.
The former Hurstville mayor admitted to being caught with an escort, but he hadn't paid for her services and believed Mr Uy had done before accusing him of a blackmail plot.
He told ICAC: "Having seen this and the other video, I believe it was a blackmail tool.
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"It's obvious to me now."
Badalati made the accusations to the NSW's Independent Commission Against Corruption as they are investigating alleged kickbacks for planning approval.
The alleged kickbacks apparently saw the former mayor, councillor Sansom and ex-deputy mayor Constantine Hindi allegedly take bribes to support developments between 2014 and 2021.
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However, investigations were shake-up earlier this month after councillor Clifton Wong, 62, who was due to testify, was found dead in his Sydney office on July 6, in an apparent suicide.
His death came just eight days after he admitted to the inquiry that he failed to report a developer allegedly slipping $10,000 (£5,700) to ex-deputy mayor Hindi.
Phillip Uy had denied taking bribes from the politicians.
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