Chinese actor Fan goes missing
Hong Kong, Sept. 15: Imagine an actor like Angelina Jolie vanishing completely with no word about where she was.
Something so strange has happened in China, where one of its most famous actresses has disappeared without a trace amid an uproar over tax evasion by celebrities.
Starring in Chinese and Western films, including the multi- million- dollar XMen franchise, Fan Bingbing is one of China’s highest- paid actors.
In 2015, Time Magazine named her China’s “most famous actress.”
However, the film star hasn’t been seen in public ■ since early June, when, according to a post on her verified social- media account, she went to visit a children’s hospital in Tibet.
In an article by state media Securities Daily on September 6, which was later deleted, the publication said Fan was brought “under control and about to receive legal judgment.”
No official statement was made as to Fan’s whereabouts, or any criminal charges against her.
In 2011, the country’s best- known artist, Ai Weiwei, was detained for almost three months during which time his whereabouts were unclear. He was later released after he signed a confession authorities described as being related to tax evasion.
Fan’s purported problems began when alleged copies of a film contract she signed were leaked onto China’s social media in late May.
According to state tabloid Global Times, she had two different contracts, one for tax purposes saying she was paid $ 1.5 million ( 10 million yuan) and a separate, private contract for $ 7.5 million ( 50 million yuan). It’s a practice known in China as “yin- yang contracts,” a form of tax evasion where the first, smaller contract is reported to authorities while the second, larger one is treated as tax- free income. The man behind the leak, Chinese TV host Cui Yongyuan, apologised in June to Fan for his actions, but the State Administration of Taxation of China urged investigators to look into allegations of yin- yang contracts in the film industry.
Fan’s team issued a furious denial, but the actress hasn’t been seen in public since the dispute.