Fan Bingbing: missing Chinese actress emerges with £100m tax bill

Fan Bingbing: missing Chinese actress emerges with £100m tax bill

The 37-year-old actress, who appeared in the X-Men and Iron Man film franchises, sparked concern among her millions of fans when she disappeared from public view in June. "Without the good policies of the Communist Party and the state, without the love of the people, there is no Fan Bingbing".

Chinese authorities have now ordered Ms Fan and the companies she controls to pay around 883 million yuan ($129m) in taxes, fines and penalties. She is one of five leading worldwide female actors cast in the forthcoming Hollywood spy thriller 355, alongside Jessica Chastain and Penelope Cruz.

Allegations of Fan's fishy figures were first voiced in May, when TV presenter Cui Yongyuan posted screenshots on Weibo of what appeared to be one of the actress's contracts.

The announcement did not disclose any details about Fan's whereabouts but did reveal that her agent was being held by officers for allegedly obstructing the investigation. Her disappearance had called into question her casting in director Simon Kinberg's hot Cannes spy thriller 355 - also starring Jessica Chastain, Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz and Lupita Nyong'o - among other films. She has a role in the upcoming Bruce Willis-Adrien Brody movie Air Strike.

Hours after the news from the tax authorities, Fan posted a letter of apology on her personal account on microblogging platform Weibo, saying she deeply regretted her actions and felt ashamed of what she had done.

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"I failed my country which nurtured me; I failed the society which trusted me; I failed the fans who liked me", Fan reportedly said, according to translations. She was transferred to Beijing for further investigation, the Post said, citing unnamed sources.

I will follow the order, try my best to overcome difficulties, raise fund, pay taxes and fines. In June, regulators capped star pay at 40 percent of a TV show's entire production budget and 70 percent of the total paid to all the actors in a film.

Fan will not face criminal charges if the fines and back taxes are "paid within the prescribed time limit", Xinhua reported.

After the contract documents went viral, the national tax administration announced it had instructed authorities in eastern Jiangsu province to investigate alleged use of such dual contracts in the entertainment industry.

It is thought to be a common industry practice, with one contract stating a lower official salary.

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