Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

Fan Bingbing: Missing Chinese actress not 'socially responsible', report says - 12-Sep

Fan Bingbing: Missing Chinese actress not 'socially responsible', report says - 12-Sep

Bingbing, who was also a part of X-Men: Days of Future Past, was named last in a ranking of 100 celebrities.

She was publicly linked to a tax evasion investigation in May, and has since gone silent.

Fan, 36, is one of the biggest stars in China, and in a career spanning more than two decades has become a ubiquitous sight on advertisements hawking luxury brands such as Cartier and Mercedes-Benz.

THR reports that some of the theories spreading around social media are that Fan is "under the custody of Chinese authorites" and that "she has escaped to Los Angeles to seek asylum in the United States".

In June, Fan's studio denied allegations that Fan had signed multiple contracts to evade taxes, saying: "The studio and Fan Bingbing will fully cooperate with the relevant authority".

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

Variety magazine reported Fan had not been seen in public, nor touched her social media accounts, in weeks.

One user wrote on Weibo, China's equivalent to Twitter: "What kind of a report is this?"

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The actress's troubles began when Cui Yongyuan, a former presenter for state-run China Central Television (CCTV), posted purported contracts online in May that suggested she had received under-the-table payments. Her name is commonly associated with Chinese youths' newfound obsession with plastic surgery, and her aquiline nose and distinctive jaw line are said to be popular requests.

A statement released by Fan's studio said she was the victim of "slander" but did not dispute the authenticity of the documents. To clamp down on tax evasion, the government has implemented new policies on taxation.

In June, China announced that it was launching a full investigation into the country's film and television industry, specifically with regards to yin-yang contracts.

Her last public appearance was at a children's hospital on 1 July but she has not been seen in public since; many fan have also noted that there is no trace of her any more across China.

Last month, almost a dozen major Chinese film producers and video sites announced they also would boycott "unreasonable" pay for actors.

For film executives in China, the disappearance of top celebrity Fan Bingbing (above) is a reminder of the perils of show business in the most-regulated major entertainment market in the world, where the Chinese government weighs in on everything from the appropriateness of costumes to the salaries of movie stars.

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".

Fan is one of five leading worldwide actresses cast in the upcoming Hollywood spy thriller 355, also starring Jessica Chastain and Penelope Cruz.

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