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GSK confirms existence of China sex tape

LONDON--British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) confirmed Monday the existence of a sex tape of the former boss of its China division, which reportedly emerged just before Beijing launched a bribery probe into the company.

The Sunday Times newspaper reported that senior GSK executives had been sent a covertly-filmed video of Mark Reilly and his girlfriend.

"We can confirm the existence of the tape," a GSK spokesman told AFP. "The issues relating to our China business are very difficult and complicated."

The Sunday Times said the sex tape was filmed in Reilly's Shanghai apartment.

The newspaper reported that GSK authorised Reilly to hire Peter Humphrey, a British private investigator based in China, to look into the origin of the video in April 2013.

But Humphrey was unable to establish who installed the camera in Reilly's bedroom, the report said.

Humphrey and his wife, Yu Yingzeng,were detained in Shanghai in July 2013 on charges of illegally obtaining personal information.

Humphrey is the British founder of Shanghai-based risk advisory firm ChinaWhys, while Yu, a US citizen, worked as its general manager.

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