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UK politician's adult film claim

BRITAIN'S Home Secretary apologized yesterday for claiming on parliamentary expenses for the cost of five pay-per-view movies - including two adult ones - watched at her home.

Jacqui Smith claimed for two unnamed adult movies that were shown on pay-per-view television channels at her home in April 2008.

They were rated 18, which means they are not suitable viewing for anyone under that age. The classification is given to movies that depict graphic sex or extreme violence.

The adult movies each cost 5 pounds (US$7.15). She also claimed for three family movies - two viewings of "Oceans Thirteen" and one of "Surf's Up" at 3.75 pounds each.

Smith admitted yesterday that she should not have claimed for any of the movies and said all the money would be paid back. "I am sorry that in claiming for my Internet connection, I mistakenly claimed for a television package alongside it," she said in a statement.

"As soon as the matter was brought to my attention, I took immediate steps to contact the relevant parliamentary authorities and rectify the situation."

The Sunday Express and other British media reported that the adult movies were watched by her husband Richard Timney. He told reporters that he was sorry for any embarrassment he caused his wife.


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