North Korea Leader Kim Jong Un is rumoured to have executed his former mistress after she made a sex tape with a number of her fellow entertainers.
A South Korean newspaper published claims that the secretive leader had handed out the death penalty to a dozen musicians from a leading orchestra.
One of the victims was allegedly Hyon Song-wol (pictured above), a popular singer who is believed to have known Kim as a teenager and to have embarked on an affair with him after his rise to power.
Those executed were apparently accused of filming themselves having sex and selling the videos in China and North Korea.
In addition, they were said to have been convicted of possessing copies of the Bible – a grave crime in the strictly atheist state.
The claims were published by Chosun Ilbo, one of South Korea’s most popular newspapers.
The paper claimed that Ms Hyon was killed alongside Mun Kyong-jin, leader of the Unhasu Orchestra, and a number of other musicians.
They were apparently arrested on August 17, and executed by firing squad in public three days later.
A source in China told Chosun Ilbo: ‘They were executed with machine guns while the key members of the Unhasu Orchestra, Wangjaesan Light Band and Moranbong Band as well as the families of the victims looked on.’
Relatives of those killed have been sent to prison camps due to their ‘guilt by association’, the paper added.
Hyon and Kim were apparently close during adolescence, but were ordered to break off their relationship by the boy’s father, Kim Jong Il.
The singer rose to fame in North Korea with the pro-regime song A Girl in the Saddle of a Steed, often known in the West as ‘Excellent Horse-Faced Lady’
When the elder Kim died in 2011, his son took over as leader of the country – and is believed to have rekindled his association with the now-married entertainer.
However, it also emerged that Kim Jong Un had married Ri Sol-ju, another musician who once played in the Unhasu Orchestra, which has been disbanded in the wake of this month’s scandal.
It is unclear whether the two women knew each other, or how Ri felt about her husband’s liaison with Hyon.