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British minister used expense account to buy porn

Jacqui Smith, Britain's Home Secretary, apologized Sunday for using her parliamentary expense account to purchase five pay-per-view movies, ABC News reported. Of the five movies, two were x-rated and said to have been viewed by her husband.

Smith said that she should not have claimed any of these movies on the account and said the occurance was a result of not being careful enough with a service package that included both internet and TV.

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

Smith's spokeswoman said that x-rated is not the same as porn. She said the names of the x-rated movies could not be released due to government policy.

Smith's husband, Richard Timney, said he was sorry for any embarassment he caused his wife.

The parliamentary ethics watchdog has been investigating Smith over a previous expenses used to purchase a second home in central England.

Euronews said Smith will not be resigning because of either scandal, Euronews said.