Chinese A-lister Fan Bingbing – who has vanished from the public eye for three months – may have been busted by local authorities for tax evasion, according to new reports.
Fan, 36, who played Blink in “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” and starred in the 2016 hit “I Am Not Madame Bovary,” had been placed “under control” by authorities and will “accept the legal judgement,” according to a since-deleted article in China’s Securities Daily newspaper, published last week and cited by The Guardian.
Fan was last seen in public in early July and went silent on all her social media accounts.
The actress was reportedly under investigation for so-called “yin-yang contracts,” where one contract lists an actor’s real salary – while another, showing a smaller figure, is submitted to tax authorities, according to The Guardian.
Her yin-yang contracts “are only the tip of the iceberg,” the Securities Daily paper reported, according to the Epoch Times.
“She is also suspected of participating in illegal lending and other forms of corruption,” the article said. “In the worst case, she faces legal punishment.”
But Fan’s studio has denied these allegations, according to the Guardian. She has not been formally accused of any crime.
Fan came last in a Chinese celebrity social responsibility report compiled by Beijing Normal University and the state-affiliated Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Corporate Social Responsibility Research Institute – scoring zero out of 100 points, the outlet reported.
And over the summer, rumors circulated that she had been banned from appearing in films for three years.
Reports said that her name had been stripped from publicity for Chinese war film “Unbreakable Spirit” (previously titled “The Bombing”), starring Bruce Willis and Adrien Brody, which premiered in China last month and will hit U.S. theaters in October.
It wasn’t clear whether the ban applied only to Chinese films, or abroad as well.
She has been cast in “355,” an all-female action movie produced by Jessica Chastain, alongside Penelope Cruz, and Lupita Nyong’o.
She has also completed shooting on Bliss Media and Kylin Media’s “The King’s Daughter” (formerly titled “The Moon and the Sun”), a fantasy directed by Sean McNamara.
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