Ac­tress Fan Bing­bing wins on­line apol­ogy, hefty compensati­on

Global Times US Edition - - CHINA -

Chi­nese movie star Fan Bing­bing won seven days of apolo­gies on­line and 161,500 yuan ($22,500) in a law­suit against an in­ter­net user for spread­ing false ru­mors al­leg­ing Fan kept im­proper sex­ual re­la­tion­ships with sev­eral men.

A court in Bei­jing found the men guilty of hurt­ing Fan’s rep­u­ta­tion through posts from July 2018 to Jan­uary 2019 im­ply­ing she had af­fairs, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment of Fan’s law firm re­leased on Mon­day.

Fan was not ex­plic­itly named in the posts, but the user used in­sult­ing words and pic­tures of the ac­tress for his 2.45 mil­lion fol­low­ers on China’s Twit­ter­like Sina Weibo so­cial me­dia plat­form.

The “vi­cious con­tents se­ri­ously dam­aged the so­cial eval­u­a­tion of Fan,” read a state­ment re­leased by the Bei­jing Xingquan Law Firm on its Weibo ac­count.

It was Fan’s sec­ond law­suit against the same user.

In June 2018, the user, whose name is re­port­edly Chen Yong­peng, was also or­dered to apol­o­gize and pay compensati­on of 62,500 yuan for a se­ries of sim­i­lar fake ru­mors about Fan in 2017.

Fan, an A-list Chi­nese star, was fined 883 mil­lion yuan ($132 mil­lion) for tax eva­sion last year.

She will co-star with Jes­sica Chas­tain and Lupita Ny­ong’o in 355, an ensem­ble spy thriller of sched­uled for re­lease by Univer­sal Pic­tures in Jan­uary 2021.

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