24HORAS (Costa Rica), CLARIN (Argentina), CNN EN ESPAÑOL
SAN JOSE - Costa Rican Vice-Minister of Youth Karina Bolaños is in hot water after a ‘hot" video of her, lying in bed wearing only lingerie and flirting with the camera began to circulate on the Internet, 24Horas reported.
Adding to the controversy, the video was meant not for Bolaños's husband, a well-known politician, but her boyfriend with whom she was having an affair. Laura Chinchilla, the President of Costa Rica, has personally requested Bolaños's resignation, and Bolaño was officially relieved of her duties earlier this week. But the government says it is not the sexual video that prompted calls for her resignation, but rather accusations of harassment from Bolaños's ex-boyfriend, as well as the failure to report that she was being extorted in exchange for not publishing the video, Clarin reported.
Bolaños says that the video, which was recorded in 2007, was stolen from her computer by an IT engineer she had hired to install surveillance cameras in her home. She says the engineer then demanded money in exchange for not publishing the video, Clarin reported.
In an interview with CNN en Español, Bolaños apologized but said that she did not feel that she had anything to be ashamed of, and that her forced resignation was an injustice.
At the beginning of the video, below, Bolaños says "Hello Pequis, here I am. You're really asking a lot of me, I'm not used to doing this."