Published: Wed, October 03, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

China’s missing X-Men actress Fan Bingbing: What happened

China’s missing X-Men actress Fan Bingbing: What happened

Fan, whose disappearance has caught global attention, was released from "residential surveillance at a designated location" - a form of secret detention - about two weeks ago as the tax authorities completed their investigation, sources with knowledge of her case told the South China Morning Post. The official announcement is a complicated one and doesn't make clear what proportion of the fines she'll personally be responsible for, but together with her "representative companies" and other "guilty parties", the total amount of related fines is likely to be over 800 million RMB and could come to nearly 1 billion RMB (145 million USD).

The official secrecy around Fan and her sudden disappearance stirred speculation in Chinese tabloids that she was banned from acting or placed under house arrest.

Fan would not be investigated for criminal responsibility for tax evasion as long as the taxes, fines and late fees amounting to almost 900 million yuan €112m (£100 million) were paid on time, the report said.

"For the past few months, I have experienced pain and torture like never before", she wrote.

Hours after the news was made public, Fan broke her four-month-long silence on Weibo, posting an apology for her more than 63 million followers to see in which she declared that she completely accepts the results of the investigation against her and will do her best to pay back the sum, adding that she is deeply ashamed of what she had done.

The Jiangsu provincial tax bureau delivered its judgments to Fan on Sunday, Xinhua said.

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 Party and the state's good policies, without the love from the people, there would have been no Fan Bingbing".

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. "I have reflected on my actions".

"Everything I ever accomplished came from the country and the people's support", Fan said.

"I know I've let down the country, betrayed society's trust in me, and let down my fans. I beg for everyone's forgiveness!"

Last year, Fan topped Forbes magazine's list of top-earning Chinese celebrities with income of 300 million yuan ($43 million).

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