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Pair extort photographer over studio sex

A woman and her boyfriend have been arrested for allegedly extorting a photographer who had one-night stand with her after taking her nude photos, Minhang District prosecutors said yesterday.

The duo tried to extort the photographer 1 million yuan (US$149,925) by threatening to accuse him of rape. When the victim was about to pay them some money, his wife followed him and called the police.

The photographer, surnamed Xia, ran a photo shop on Huaqing Road in Minhang District and enjoyed good business because of his skills.

On the afternoon of May 12, 2009, Xia was reading an album of artistic human body photography when a beautiful woman entered the shop and asked to take art photos.

The woman, surnamed Yi, told Xia that she was a fan of modern dance and wanted to take some pictures to publish an album for herself.

When Yi had a break after taking some photos, she spotted the album of nude photography and showed great interest. Xia, taking the chance, encouraged Yi to take nude pictures as well and Yi agreed.

During the picture taking, Xia touched Yi's body unintentionally when he tried to correct her posture. Yi, a divorcee who had long suffered loneliness, couldn't help herself and kissed the man. The two then had sex in the studio, prosecutors said.

Yi felt regretful after that and left quickly. She came back a few days later with her dance teacher, a man in his fifties, to take away all the pictures and negatives. Xia felt relieved, thinking it the end of their affair.

Later Yi became the mistress of her dance teacher, surnamed Dai. Her album was published but only a dozen copies were sold. Yi, without a stable job, was troubled by the debt.

Dai suggested Yi to extort Xia, saying he was wealthy and should pay for his romantic affair. Yi thought she was on the losing side of this affair, agreed, the prosecutors said.

The pair came to Xia's shop on September 2, more than a year after they last met. Dai pretended to be Yi's husband and allegedly threatened to report the "rape" to police and forced Xia to write a confession. The pair asked for 1 million yuan in compensation for mental anguish.

Xia, worried about his reputation, agreed to pay 80,000 yuan first. His anxiety aroused suspicion of his wife and he told her the truth.

When Xia went to a park to pay the 80,000 yuan to the suspects on October 3, his wife followed him and called the police.


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