A Zhejiang disciplinary inspection commission has launched an investigation into a Wenzhou official accused of keeping a mistress and paying her a 200,000 yuan break-up fee, the Beijing Times reported on Tuesday.
The investigation was prompted when a woman, surnamed Zhang, told the newspaper she had a five-month affair with Wu Kaifeng, party secretary-general of Wenzhou, and had an abortion for him.
Wu denied Zhang’s accusations when contacted by the newspaper on Saturday. “This is nonsense,” he said, but admitted he had reported the situation to the Party.
A spokesperson for the Zhejiang disciplinary inspection commission told the newspaper it would make a statement after the investigation.
Zhang initially made her claims public on the microblogging platform Sina Weibo and notified several news outlets. Zhang, a 28-year-old white collar worker in a Shanghai company, said she met Wu in October and found herself pregnant at the end of December.
“He gave me 192,000 yuan on December 31 and demanded I abort the child,” she said.
Zhang said Wu had given her another 200,000 yuan in March as a break-up fee and asked her not to report him.
Zhang deleted her microblog posts on Wednesday, insisting she was told to do so by Wu.
Corrupt officials in China often use their illicit gains to keep one or more lovers, paying them with allowances, apartments and luxury cars.
Numerous embarrassing revelations in recent years have became a focal point of public anger towards the Communist Party.