Hunter Biden became so addicted to illicit sexual thrills that he once spent $11,400 on a single night of debauchery at a New York strip club and shelled out more than $21,000 to one adult 'live cam' porn website.
The scale of the descent of Joe Biden's son into a morass of drugs, drink and sleaze – leaving him open to possible blackmail attempts – is laid bare in hundreds of documents and photographs on his abandoned laptop.
The 50-year-old spent a fortune on escorts and ran up massive hotel bills, often paying for multiple rooms in a single night.
Graphic photographs show him apparently smoking crack cocaine from a pipe and engaging in sex acts with unidentified women.
Hunter Biden became so addicted to illicit sexual thrills that he once spent $11,400 on a single night of debauchery at a New York strip club and shelled out more than $21,000 to one adult 'live cam' porn website
Porn site: Hunter shelled out more than $21,000 to one adult 'live cam' porn website Jasmin.com
One message from the Jasmin porn site, shows Hunter's attempt to buy credit was 'declined due to insufficient funds on the credit card'
One email sent to Hunter Biden was from 'hookup' website Adultfriendfinder.com, which he appeared to be a member of
Another email showed that a woman who was interested in Hunter had sent him a private message on one of the platforms
While Hunter's demons have been well chronicled – not least during his divorce from first wife Kathleen, who alleged in court documents that his interests included 'drugs, alcohol, prostitutes, strip clubs and gifts for women with whom he has sexual relations' – the scale of his recklessness is staggering.
After his father became Vice President in 2009, Hunter asked the Security Service to stop deploying agents to accompany him.
It reluctantly agreed – a decision that gave the politician's son more freedom to indulge his vices.
A source familiar with the contents of the laptop, including bank statements and credit card receipts, said: 'Hunter's spending on porn sites is staggering. At one point his credit card was rejected by a site because it was maxed out.
'There are multiple hotel room charges for the same night. He spends thousands on escorts.
It's no secret that Hunter has addiction issues, but the contents of the laptop and the apparent lack of security around either Hunter or his computer must raise doubts.
After his father became Vice President in 2009, Hunter asked the Security Service to stop deploying agents to accompany him
'He was obviously highly vulnerable to a potential blackmail attempt from external forces who might seek to influence his father.'
In an interview last year, Hunter openly described at length his lurch into the seedy world of drugs and sleaze.
'Everyone has trauma. There's addiction in every family,' he told The New Yorker magazine. 'I was in that darkness. I was in that tunnel – it's a never-ending tunnel.'
That tunnel took in the Hustler Club in New York, where he spent £8,800 in a single night in September 2018, and the Streamray porn website from which he bought a five-figure sum of services in just six months.
The Biden Files contain log-in details and passwords for numerous sex sites and multiple payments to women whose names link back to escort websites.
One message from the Jasmin porn site, shows Hunter's attempt to buy credit was 'declined due to insufficient funds on the credit card'.
Emails reveal desperate pleas for Hunter to get help from his family. An email from his first wife, Kathleen, says: 'You told me if you started drinking again it would kill you. I feel like you are torturing me.'
Emails reveal desperate pleas for Hunter to get help from his family. An email from his first wife, Kathleen, says: 'You told me if you started drinking again it would kill you. I feel like you are torturing me'
The secret service reluctantly agreed to give up accompanying Hunter after his father became Vice President in 2009
Begging him to return to rehab, his sister Ashley writes: 'You are a Biden. Remember that. This isn't how we work.'
Hunter's obsession with sexual imagery is clear. As well as selfies taken with unidentified women and a video of him engaged in a sex act, the laptop contained bizarre oil paintings of him naked while sprawled on a bed.
When sober, Hunter appears tormented by the damage that his behaviour is causing.
'Guilt is an appropriate emotion when we've wronged someone (including ourselves),' he wrote on one document stored in the poorly protected computer.
'Guilt that isn't acknowledged becomes shame. And shame becomes either narcissism, and addiction, and pain, and an empty life.'
The source said: 'When you see the contents, the picture you are left with is of a troubled man who is desperately trying to maintain the family image in public, but who is falling apart behind the scenes.
'He has the pressure of living up to the Biden name, but, in private, he dives into this dark world. He was a sitting duck for anyone who might seek to blackmail him.'
Hunter Biden's idea for a 'really serious tragic dramatic comedy'
Hunter Biden's laptop contains numerous Hollywood screenplay 'pitches' he had drafted
The laptop contains numerous Hollywood screenplay 'pitches' drafted by Hunter Biden.
A source said: 'He has always dreamed about making a story about his life.'
A Mystery to Myself:
(A really seriously tragic dramatic comedy).
In the span of eight years:
My father is elected Vice President of the United States.
I loose [sic] the entirety of my business.
I find a new way of doing business and replace most my income.
I relapse after 7 years of sobriety.
I go back to rehab.
The secret service follow me.
There are also oil paintings of a naked Hunter sprawled across an unmade bed and images of a tattoo on his back that appears to show long, black scratch marks running from his shoulders to his waist.
The source added: 'In his mind he's a Renaissance man. He writes poetry and wants to have a movie made of his life. But, as with most things, these are just pipe dreams. The reality is Hunter is a liability for his father. If Joe wins, one of the first tasks will be figuring out how to keep Hunter out of trouble for the next four years.'