Fan Bingbing: China says missing actress fined for tax evasion
03 October, 2018, 19:13 | Author: Jared Lewis
"The studio and Fan Bingbing will fully cooperate with relevant authority, ' the actress" studio was quoted by Sina.com as saying in June.
The tax authority's notice was the first official mention in months of the 37-year-old actress, who vanished from the public eye amid bubbling controversy over tax evasion and inflated contracts in China's entertainment industry. Fan and her companies were ordered to pay fines and fees totaling to almost RMB884 million (USD129 million) by an undisclosed deadline.
Social media was awash with speculation over her whereabouts and whether she had been detained.
Xinhuasaid that under Chinese law Fan, as a first-time offender, would face no criminal charges if she complied with the judgment and paid all the money by an undisclosed deadline.
Bingbing's purported problems began when alleged copies of a film contract she had signed were leaked onto China's social media in late May. She's also a singer, as she released her debut album in 2005.
Chinese tax authorities have now laid at least part of the mystery to rest, ruling that both Fan and companies controlled by her failed to pay tens of millions of dollars in taxes, the official Xinhua news service reported on Wednesday. "I would be nothing without the party and the country's good policies, as well as the love and support of the people".
Meanwhile, South China Morning Post reports that a source close to Fan says she had been kept in detention at a "holiday resort" in Jiangsu province and has since been transfered up north to Beijing for further investigation.
I will follow the order, try my best to overcome difficulties, raise fund, pay taxes and fines.
It meant she reportedly only paid taxes on a contract worth £1.1m.
She added: "I am unworthy of the trust of society and let down the fans who love me".
Among the productions singled out by the authorities for criticism is the China-produced, Bruce Willis and Adrien Brody-led World War II flick Air Strike, in which Fan Bingbing made a "special appearance".
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Bingbing, whose career has spanned decades in China, is best known to USA audiences for her role in the 2014's X-Men: Days of Future Past with Hugh Jackman and Peter Dinklage. She is one of five leading global female actors cast in the forthcoming Hollywood spy thriller 355, alongside Jessica Chastain and Penelope Cruz.
Reuters could not immediately reach Fan or a representative to seek comment.
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