Concerns have intensified that one of China's most famous actors Fan Bingbing, who has been missing for months, may be in trouble with the authorities after she came last in a ranking of social responsibility among celebrities.
Fan vanished not long after state-run TV suggested the contract with her entertainment company misrepresented what she earned so she could pay less in taxes. Stars were given scores out of 100.
Fan, 36, is one of the biggest stars in China, and in a career spanning more than two decades has become a ubiquitous sight on advertisements hawking luxury brands such as Cartier and Mercedes-Benz.
Chinese actress, singer and producer Fan Bingbing attends the Viscap fashion show during Beijing's Fashion Week in 2013.
'What kind of a report is this? Fan has done so much good work in the past!' One user wrote on the Twitter-like Weibo platform.
Fan has been unusually quiet in recent months ― with no new posts to her normally active personal Weibo account since May ― amid speculation about her whereabouts.
Last month, almost a dozen major Chinese film producers and video sites announced they also would boycott "unreasonable" pay for actors. Fan's studio has denied any wrongdoing. However, those reports were mysteriously retracted, adding to the mystery of where Fan could be.
A yin-yang contract illegally pays an actor a higher amount than is reported to the Chinese government.
After the documents posted by Cui went viral, the state tax administration was reportedly investigating alleged use of such dual contracts in the entertainment industry in eastern Jiangsu province. There have been whispers Fan was arrested by the Chinese government for tax evasion, and a cryptic article has fueled that rumor: The state-run Securities Daily posted a story last week saying Fan was "under control" and "will accept the legal decision"; the article was yanked a few hours later. Her name is commonly associated with Chinese youths' newfound obsession with plastic surgery, and her aquiline nose and distinctive jaw line are said to be popular requests.
Last month, almost a dozen major Chinese film producers and video sites announced they also would boycott "unreasonable" pay for actors.
Fan, who is known in the West for playing Blink in X-Men: Days of Future Past and appearing in I Am Not Madame Bovary, has been at the centre of swirling rumours involving a flit to the USA and being placed "under control" by the Chinese authorities due to her unexplained absence.
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