China fines Fan Bingbing in months-long tax evasion case

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She has been ordered to pay approximately $130 million for allegedly misreporting how much money she earned on various projects.

As a first-time offender, she will not face criminal prosecution if she pays the fine by an undisclosed deadline. 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.

She was accused of dodging her taxes by signing secret "yin and yang" contracts, which are public and private agreements in a bid to hide her real earnings, and avoid paying taxes.

Her sudden absence from screens and advertisements across the country spurred rumours that she had been snatched by officials at a time when Beijing is cracking down on what it views as excesses in the film and television industry.

According to a South China Morning Post report which quoted an unnamed source close to Ms Fan, the actress had been kept in a "holiday resort" used to investigate officials in a suburb in Jiangsu province.

Fan also broke her silence via the social media site Weibo, on which she has more than 60 million followers.

It is the first update posted on her microblog since June 2.




"Today I'm facing enormous fears and worries over the mistakes I have made", she wrote, in part.

According to a brief report on the matter from Xinhua, Fan has agreed to repay the tax owed along with any fines. However, fans can now breathe a sigh of relief as many have expressed worry for her. "I have failed society's trust, and I have failed the love of my fans".

But her star has dimmed among authorities in China.

Fan and companies related to her were ordered to pay around $42 million in late taxes and fees, along with a fine of $86 million.

A man surnamed Liang, who identified himself as a staff member of Fan's studio when reached by phone, refused to comment on the announcement or on Fan's location. It has always been trying to limit the incomes of movie stars to prevent a culture of "money worship" and "misleading young people to blindly chase celebrities".

The 36-year-old actress, model and producer had been a ubiquitous household name in China for years and tasted Hollywood success with a role in the 2014 blockbuster "X-Men: Days of Future Past". (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images) Fan Bingbing, Marion Cotillard, director Simon Kinberg, with actresses Jessica Chastain, Penelope Cruz and Lupita Nyong'o attend the photocall for "355" during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Majestic Beach Pier on May 10, 2018 in Cannes, France. Her last public appearance was a visit to a children's hospital. Without the great policies of the [Communist] Party and the state, without the love of the people, there would have been no Fan Bingbing.Bingbing.

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