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

Angelo Anderson
September 12, 2018

Chinese actress, singer and producer Fan Bingbing attends the Viscap fashion show during Beijing's Fashion Week in 2013.

Many speculated that the "X-Men" actress, who was last seen on July 1, was being held by the Chinese government over tax-evasion allegations. An article in the state-run outlet Securities Daily last week suggested that Fan was "under control" and that she would "accept the legal decision". This report was deleted hours after it was published.

Latest reports from China claimed the "Queen of the Silver Screen" had been detained by Beijing over the tax evasion claims and is not likely to return to her acting career.

She was accused this year on social media of signing two copies of a film contract - a practice colloquially dubbed a "yin-yang" agreement, wherein the undervalued version is submitted to tax authorities.

The mystery disappearance of China's highest paid actress, Fan Bingbing, has embroiled Australian vitamin brand Swisse, which has suspended use of the star's image in its marketing.

She is most famous outside China for her role in the 2014 film X-Men: Days of Future Past and is set to appear in a spy movie alongside Jessica Chastain, Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard and Lupita Nyong'o, though a release date for the film has not been announced. Fan has come under fire by the Chinese media with rumors claiming that she has been spotted at the Los Angeles immigration office to seek asylum in the United States under the guidance of Jackie Chan.

China's highest-paid film actress has disappeared.


According to the ranking list, only nine celebrities received a passing score of 60 per cent - including Bingbing's fiance, actor Li Chen.

The piece was taken down shortly after.

Last year, she topped Forbes magazine's list of top-earning Chinese celebrities with income of 300 million yuan (£33.5m). Those reports haven't been corroborated, but media watchdog sites covering China have noted that the government seems to be censoring reports of Fan's disappearance.

While the host later retracted the accusation and Fan denied any wrongdoing, her subsequent silence has resonated far louder, igniting rampant speculation about what has become of one of China's most recognizable people.

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

The 2017-18 China Film and Television Star Social Responsibility Report ranks Chinese celebrities according to three criteria: professional work, charitable actions and personal integrity, state media reported. Stars were given scores out of 100.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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