Chinese A-Lister Fan Bingbing's Reported Disappearance Sparks Concern

Chinese actress Fan Bingbing has been missing in the public eye for three months after she was accused of tax evasion

There are now rumours that she has fallen foul of the Chinese authorities, and may even have been arrested and detained for tax evasion.

The report, which was widely covered by state media, didn't shed any more light on Fan's predicament, but it does add to the sense that China's Communist Party is sending a message to the country's burgeoning entertainment industry.

Per THR, a Hong Kong tabloid alleged the star had been seen at a Los Angeles immigration office while Chinese publication Securities Daily claimed in a since-retracted report that Bingbing had been placed "under control" by authorities in China and would "accept the legal decision".

There has been speculation about Fan's whereabouts since reports emerged that she had taken "under the table" payments.

Fan, the most challenging-paid Chinese language actress and a darling of world purple carpets who has expanded her profession to Hollywood movie roles, scored a elegant zero and changed into once the last on a checklist of A hundred celebrities.

But back in China she's a huge star, known recently for films like I Am Not Madame Bovary and League Of Gods.

Published earlier this month, 100 Chinese stars including popular actor Jackie Chan and award-winning actress Zhang Ziyi were ranked according to their professional work, charity work and personal integrity.

Last year, she dominated Forbes magazine's list of top-earning Chinese celebrities with income of 300 million yuan (£33 million), according to Forbes China. The next day, Cui followed up with an equally explosive Weibo post saying Fan had two contracts drawn up, one promising $1.6 million (10 million RMB) in salary and the other contract, the "hidden" one, guaranteeing $7.8 million (50 million RMB), for merely "four days of work".

Cui Yongyuan, a former presenter for state-run China Central Television (CCTV), posted purported contracts online in May that suggest she had received the payments.

In late July, independent Chinese newspaper The Economic Observer reported that police in Jiangsu province were examining Fan's financial case, and that several of Fan's staff were also under police investigation. Fan's studio has denied any wrongdoing.

"Yin and Yang contracts mean one contract is submitted to the tax department", Mr Yong said. She's reportedly been wiped from all promotional material for her upcoming film Unbreakable Spirit, also starring Bruce Willis and Adrien Brody. To clamp down on tax evasion, the government has implemented new policies on taxation.

Swisse Managing Director Oliver Horn said last September: "Fan Bingbing is an internationally recognised star who combines intelligence, artistic talent and unique beauty with a positive attitude to life".

Bingbing is reportedly set to appear in an upcoming U.S. thriller called 355 with Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong'o and Penelope Cruz.



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