Vietnam sex video scandal leads to arrests

Oct. 27, 2007 at 8:52 AM
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HANOI, Vietnam, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Four Vietnamese students were in custody Saturday accused of posting on the Internet a sex video clip showing a television actress and her boyfriend.

The video appeared to show the 19-year-old actress in a popular TV soap opera having sex, the BBC said. The four students could be sent to jail for up to three years if convicted for “dispersing illicit material of sexual content.”

They were arrested in Hanoi for allegedly copying the 16-minute video clip, filmed by mobile phone, from the boyfriend's computer. A five-minute version was posted on YouTube last week

Hoang Thuy Linh was fired from her role in Vang Ang's Diaries and disgraced for violating Vietnamese cultural values. The show was dropped from Vietnamese television.

The report said authorities were investigating 10 more people, some studying abroad, for “storing, transporting and dispersing illicit material.”

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