GSK Bribery In China: Was (GSK’s ‘Alleged’ Corruption King Pin) Mark Reilly’s Sex Tape Sent To Andrew Witty?

Strange story from the Daily Mail UK:

How a secret sex tape plunged British drugs giant Glaxo into a £90million bribery probe

  • Executives at GlaxoSmithKline were sent a sex tape featuring China boss Mark Reilly and his girlfriend 
  • They hired a private investigator to work out who had sent the video 
  • But after he probed a powerful businesswoman, the Chinese authorities cracked down on Glaxo amid allegations of fraud and bribery 
  • Mr Reilly has been charged with illegally selling £90million worth of drugs


Probe: Glaxo's China boss Mark Reilly was caught on camera having sex with his Chinese girlfriend

Probe: Glaxo’s China boss Mark Reilly was caught on camera having sex with his Chinese girlfriend

The bribery probe which has rocked British drugs giant GlaxoSmithKline was sparked by a secretly filmed video showing one of the firm’s managers having sex with his girlfriend, it was claimed today.

The £76billion pharmaceutical company is under investigation in China for allegedly bribing doctors and other officials in order to increase the price of Glaxo’s drugs.

Now it has been reported that the scandal started after a sex tape featuring the firm’s China chief was emailed to senior staff including chief executive Andrew Witty in March 2013.

The footage showed Mark Reilly and his Chinese girlfriend, and was filmed inside his flat in Shanghai, according to the Sunday Times.

After it was sent to Mr Witty and others, Glaxo hired private investigator Peter Humphrey to determine how the video had come to light.

It was thought that the sex tape must have been filmed by someone who had access to Mr Reilly’s apartment building.

Glaxo agreed to pay Mr Humphrey £20,000 for his investigation, which focussed on the company’s former employee Vivian Shi.

However, monitoring the prominent businesswoman appears to have brought him to the attention of the Chinese authorities, and Mr Humphrey was arrested in July last year.

This was around the time that China began a police probe into Glaxo’s alleged bribery – the biggest investigation into a foreign company for more than a decade.

It emerged that, as well as the sex tape featuring Mr Reilly, senior executives had been sent two emails detailing allegations of corruption in the firm’s Chinese division.

Mr Reilly, 52, who is separated from his wife, stepped down as Glaxo’s China boss last July, but after he agreed to return to the country to be interviewed by police he was banned from leaving again.

Email: The footage was apparently sent to executives including chief executive Andrew Witty

Six weeks ago, he was officially charged with bribery and fraud, accused of being involved in £90million of illegal sales.

Soon afterwards, Britain’s Serious Fraud Office announced that it would investigate Glaxo’s ‘commercial practices’ in a probe thought to be linked to the Chinese allegations.

Glaxo told the Sunday Times: ‘The Chinese authorities are continuing their investigation into GSK’s China business.

‘We respect their process and investigation and are co-operating fully.’

The drugs firm has previously admitted that some of its Chinese executives had apparently broken the law in marketing its products to doctors.

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