Fan whistle­blower slams Bei­jing po­lice for ig­nor­ing re­ports of threats

Global Times - - Nation -

The man who ex­posed the tax eva­sion case of Chi­nese top ac­tress Fan Bing­bing on Wed­nes­day ac­cused Bei­jing po­lice of al­leged neg­li­gence in deal­ing with death threats to him fol­low­ing his ex­posé.

Cui Yongyuan, an out­spo­ken for­mer TV host of China Cen­tral Tele­vi­sion, said on his Sina Weibo ac­count on Wed­nes­day that Bei­jing po­lice al­legedly breached their duty and were neg­li­gent after he re­ported threats to him and his daugh­ter sev­eral times in the past months.

“I have been in­sulted and even re­ceived death threats in the past months after I pub­licly ac­cused Chi­nese ac­tress Fan Bing­bing, film direc­tor Feng Xiao­gang and the Chi­nese film com­pany Huayi Broth­ers of tax eva­sion,” Cui wrote on Wed­nes­day.

Fol­low­ing his ex­posé, some Weibo users started threat­en­ing him on the China’s Twit­ter-like plat­form start­ing June, and also pub­lished in­for­ma­tion of his daugh­ter, who is study­ing abroad.

“I re­ported the threats to the Xinyuanli po­lice sta­tion five times in July and Septem­ber, but the po­lice have yet to in­ves­ti­gate the cases,” he said.

Bei­jing po­lice failed to re­spond to Cui’s ac­cu­sa­tion when reached by the Global Times on Thurs­day.

Cui first broke the news on­line of Fan’s tax eva­sion case in late May. His al­le­ga­tions led to an in­ves­ti­ga­tion in early June of Fan and sparked sus­pi­cion of sim­i­lar mis­con­duct among ac­tors.

On Oc­to­ber 3, the State Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Taxation or­dered Fan to pay more than 800 mil­lion yuan ($116 mil­lion) in taxes and fines.

Fan, one of China’s high­est-paid ac­tors, has ap­peared in both Chi­nese and Western films, in­clud­ing the mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar X-Men fran­chise.

In Cui’s other post on Sun­day, he al­leged that some Shang­hai po­lice­men, al­legedly im­pli­cated in Fan’s case, had in­ter­viewed him.

“Two po­lice­men didn’t show their badge to me dur­ing an in­ter­ro­ga­tion and pretended to be tax staff,” he said, not­ing they showed more in­ter­est in how he ob­tained ev­i­dence than on the tax case.

“The al­leged mis­con­duct will be in­ves­ti­gated,” the Shang­hai Mu­nic­i­pal­ity Pub­lic Se­cu­rity Bu­reau said on its so­cial me­dia ac­count on Wed­nes­day.

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