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Vanished China star Fan Bingbing last in ‘social responsibility’ ranking

14 September 2018, 10:00 | Myron Mathis

Fan played Blink in the 2014 film"X-Men Days of Future Past. 20th Century Fox XMen trailer

Fan played Blink in the 2014 film

This is an article in the China Securities Journal that has leaked the information, the media linked to the official news agency Xinhua.

According to BBC News, rumours have swirled ever since Chinese authorities revealed that Bingbing - one of China's most popular and highest-paid performers - was being investigated for tax evasion.

As for her Twitter feed, the actress last shared an update with fans on May 31 about Céline Dion, writing, "What a fascinating performance! can't wait to see you again in China".

Many speculated that she was being held by the Chinese government over allegations of tax evasion.

Since exploding onto the scene as a teenager in the late 1990s, Fan, now 36, has starred in a string of Chinese hits, culminating with a role in 2014's "X-Men: Days of Future Past".

Oddly, Chinese state-run publication Securities Daily published a story online, which was then deleted a few hours later, reporting that Bingbing had been placed "under control, and will accept the legal decision".

The report added that the actress had been jailed, and an alleged scandal related to signing multiple contracts to avoid paying higher taxes was only the "tip of the iceberg".

Other news outlets have for months speculated on Fan's whereabouts, and rumours circulated that she was living under house arrest, according to The Epoch Times, a U.S. newspaper focusing on China. It changed into once moreover a marked distinction to her fiance - Chinese language actor Li Chen - who ranked excessive on the checklist at seven with a ranking of 61.Eight.

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

Although Fan was not mentioned by name, she has businesses registered in Jiangsu.

There changed into once no recordsdata from Fan's crew and a deliver over with by Phoenix Television to her area of enterprise showed that the premises had been vacated.

Controversies surrounding Fan's sky-high pay rates and the prevalence of "yin-yang contracts" in China's entertainment industry were ignited earlier this year.

Fan's silence and the crackdown are also meant to make a political point, said Stanley Rosen, a University of Southern California political science professor who studies China and its film industry. She reportedly pulls in tens of millions of dollars for her acting roles, as well as several high-end endorsements and appearance fees.

So-called "yin and yang" dual contract arrangements - with one contract for income declared to tax authorities and another kept secret - are reportedly used to evade taxes.

Interest in her mysterious disappearance piqued recently with the release of a study from Beijing Normal University which attempted to assign a "social responsibility rating" for each Chinese film and television star.

The report evaluated celebrities on three criteria - professional work, charitable work, and integrity - based on media reports over the past year.

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