Chinese Communist "princeling" Bo Xilai, expected by many to take a key leadership position in the leadership transition of 2012, was expelled from the Communist Party in September after a career that saw him as Mayor of Dalian City, Minister of Commerce and Party Chief of the Chongqing municipality. His wife Gu Kailai received a suspended death sentence in August 2012 for murdering British business partner Neil Heywood.
Party outcast Bo Xilai criticised for 'improper sexual relationships'
Sex and power often go hand-in-hand in cases of mainland corruption and observers were little surprised that sexual flings should make their way into the official count of Bo Xilai's alleged misdeeds.
The lengthy Xinhua report describing the former Politburo member's violations implied that Bo's decadent lifestyle had contributed to the decision to cast him out of the party.
"Bo had affairs and maintained improper sexual relationships with a number of women," it said.
State-media reports did not name any woman linked to Bo, but overseas media and Chinese gossip outlets have been buzzing with accounts of the former Chongqing party boss' sexual appetite ever since he was removed from power in April.
Jiang Weiping, a former reporter for Hong Kong newspaper Wen Wei Po who was based in Dalian when Bo was mayor, said he was not surprised about the accusations.
"Rumours about Bo's decadent life was rife in Dalian, but Bo muzzled the media because of his power," said Jiang, who was jailed after exposing corruption by Bo and later moved to Canada.
"Bo controlled the media and branded himself as the enterprising, competent official, but now people know his corruption dated back to then."
In 2009, after he moved to Toronto, Jiang wrote an article alleging that Bo's mistresses ranged from an office typist and an acrobat to television anchors and celebrity models.
During his Dalian days in the 1990s, Bo was said to keep two high-end hotel rooms to liaise with his women, who were compensated with jobs and favours.
Bo arranged for the typist to join the public service and she was later promoted to head a local authority.
A model who had long-term relationship with Bo was allowed to open a modelling school, which was awarded much of the government's public relations business.
More recently, it has been reported that a Dalian businessman, who was a purported financial backer of Bo's and is reportedly also currently under investigation by authorities, sent the former Chongqing party secretary dozens of women.