Fan Bingbing Breaks Silence in Response to Government Fines

Tanya Cunningham
October 3, 2018

The official Xinhua News Agency's announcement on Wednesday ended months of speculation over the fate of the actress since she disappeared from public view in June amid reports she was being investigated for tax fraud.

But the actress published a statement Wednesday titled "letter of apology" on Weibo, where she has almost 63 million followers.

The star has appeared in the X-Men movies (Ian West/PA) The star had vanished from the public eye for months (Ian West/PA) Fan Bingbing attends the "Amant Double (L'Amant Double)" premiere during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 26, 2017 in Cannes, France. She had instead paid taxes on a contract for only 10 million yuan, Xinhua said.

In addition to determining that Fan and her studio had evaded paying hundreds of millions of yuan in taxes, the tax authorities found that Fan had received 30 million yuan for her role in the upcoming film "Air Strike" - in which she stars in alongside Bruce Willis and Adrien Brody - but only paid tax on one-third of that income, much of which was funneled into smaller contracts.

China's highest-paid actress, Fan posted a public apology today on her Weibo social media account, acknowledged utilizing yin-yang contracts, and pledged to raise the money to repay what she owes.

"I'm ashamed of my behavior and I apologize here to everyone", Fan wrote.

Her agent was detained for allegedly obstructing the investigation by ordering evidence destroyed and concealing accounting documents. "I have failed my nurturing country, I have failed society's trust, and I have failed the love of my fans!".

However, Fan - who earned around £33million last year - previously denied any wrongdoing. I offer my honest apology here once again!

"Everything I ever accomplished came from the country and the people's support", Fan said. I would really like to ask for everyone's forgiveness. She has since been relocated to Beijing.

Chinese TV anchor Cui Yongyuan was widely reported in May to have posted tax-dodging pay agreements online known as "yin-yang" contracts - one setting out the real agreed payment terms and a second with a lower figure for the tax authorities - that appeared to implicate Ms Fan.

The 36-year-old actress, model and producer had been a ubiquitous household name in China for years and tasted Hollywood success with a role in the 2014 blockbuster "X-Men: Days of Future Past".

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