China’s missing X-Men actress Fan Bingbing: What happened

03 October, 2018, 19:13 | Author: Kenneth Collins
  • Fan Bingbing: Chinese movie star ordered to pay back millions over tax evasion

On Wednesday news arrived that Fan had been in secret detention for two weeks under "residential surveillance" at a "holiday resort" in Jiangsu, according to South China Morning Post.

Fan appeared in the X-Men and Iron Man film franchises and has more than 62 million followers online in China.

Referring to her tax evasion charges and the 880 million Chinese yuan in fines imposed on her, she announced that she accepts all the charges levied against her and pledges that she "will raise funds to pay my taxes and penalties regardless of any obstacles". For these violations, the Jiangsu Tax Bureau is fining Fan and her legal representative 880 million yuan. The process, known as using "yin-yang contracts", is reportedly a common entertainment industry practice in China, with an actor's having a public contract stating a salary as well as a private contract listing much higher pay. Over the past few months, rumors circulated that Fan had been arrested, that she had been banned from leaving China, that she had been banned from acting for three years, that her production company's offices had been emptied, and even that she had sought asylum in the United States.

Fan wrote that she accepted the punishment "completely".

Since then, the government has been mum about the actress, who is known to American audiences for her roles the X-Men franchise and other films and has been a regular on global red carpets.

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Xinhua said police had put a "restriction" on Fan's agent for attempting to hide and destroy evidence during the investigations in June.

Fan's fine follows a crackdown on highly paid performers in June. I failed my country which nurtured me; I failed the society which trusted me; I failed the fans who loved me. She instead paid taxes on a contract for only 10 million yuan, it said.

'Without the good policies of the party and the state, and without the love of the people, there would be no Fan Bingbing'. LOIC VENANCELOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images Fan Bingbing attends the "The Beguiled" screening during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 24, 2017 in Cannes, France. She's also stars alongside the upcoming spy thriller 355, alongside Jessica Chastain and Penelope Cruz. Fan Bingbing poses on a pier.

The Chinese actor Fan Bingbing, who has been missing for months amid rumours of possible wrongdoing, has been fined for tax evasion.

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