Scandals and politics go hand in hand and some involve sex. Sex scandals have abruptly ended many a political career, though there are a few politicians who have got away with their misdemeanours. The top 10 political sex scandals that made the biggest headlines.
Reports about the Russian President Vladimir Putin's affair with the gymnast-turned-politician Alina Kabaeva has been doing the rounds for quite a while. There were also rumours of Kabaeva giving birth to their love child. Putin is still married to flight attendant Lyudmila Shkrebneva, and they have two daughters.
The Italian PM is known for his association with women and is currently embroiled in the latest of many sex scandals involving him. The 74-year-old billionaire is accused of paying for sex with a "significant" number of prostitutes, including a 17-year-old nightclub dancer, at parties in his villa near Milan.
The former Andhra Pradesh Governor had to step down from office after a video clip allegedly showing him in a sex romp with three women were aired by a TV channel. The 85-year-old who was also the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand and was also India's External Affairs Minister is also embroiled in a paternity suit.
Bill Clinton's affair with White House Intern Monica Lewinsky nearly ended his presidency. Clinton initially denied the relation but later admitted that he had an "improper physical relationship" with Lewinsky.
California assemblyman Mike Duvall, who was caught on tape boasting about his sexual romps to a colleague on the floor of the California state assembly, quit after a local television network aired the tape. Fifty-four-year-old Duvall, who is married and staunch advocate of family values, was caught with his pants down when a microphone of the assembly TV picked up his conversation with a fellow assemblyman in July.
Pamela Bordes, Miss India 1982, hit the headlines in the late 1980s when it was revealed that she was an escort for high profile individuals including a British junior minister. Her association with other British politicians subsequently came to light.
Former state minister of Uttar Pradesh Amarmani Tripathi and his wife Madhumani were convicted in the controversial murder of poet Madhumita Shukla. Madhumita was found murdered at her Lucknow flat on May 9, 2003. Madhumita was allegedly murdered at the behest of Amarmani's wife Madhumani after she learnt that the poet was having an affair with her husband.
New York Governor Eliot Spitzer had to resign from his post after reports emerged that he had patronised a prostitution service. Spitzer reportedly spent more than $15,000 for several encounters with prostitutes. Ashley Dupre, a high-class call girl was at the centre of the Eliot Spitzer prostitution scandal.
Former Israel President Moshe Katsav was convicted of raping an employee when he was a Cabinet minister, the most serious criminal charges ever brought against a high-ranking official and a case that stunned the nation. He was also convicted on lesser counts of indecent acts and sexual harassment involving two other women who worked for him after he became president in 2000.
James McGreevey resigned from the post of New Jersey Governor after revealing that he was gay and that had an adulterous affair with a man.