Fan Bingbing Releases Apology Statement, Breaks Silence on Tax Evasion Case

Fan Bingbing Releases Apology Statement, Breaks Silence on Tax Evasion Case

Fan Bingbing Releases Apology Statement, Breaks Silence on Tax Evasion Case

According to Xinhua's report, Fan and her studio were notified on Sunday that they must pay back taxes totaling 288 million yuan, as well as fines amounting to 596 million yuan. As long as she pays back that amount, plus almost 600 million yuan in fines, she will avoid criminal prosecution.

Xinhua said that under Chinese law Fan, as a first-time offender, would face no criminal charges if she complied with the judgment and paid all the money by an undisclosed deadline.

Fan stopped updating her social media account on June 3, and disappeared from public view on July 1.

After the contract documents went viral, the national tax administration announced it had instructed authorities in eastern Jiangsu province to investigate alleged use of such dual contracts in the entertainment industry.

After June, when she posted her visit to a children's hospital on social media, she vanished from sight, to the dismay of her fans.

The report gave no indication as to Fan's whereabouts but indicated her agent was being held by police for allegedly obstructing the investigation.

Hu Xijin, editor of the Global Times tabloid known for its nationalist pro-Communist Party opinions, said, "Fan's case must be shaking the performing arts world".

The report described unpaid taxes, fines and late fees amounting to almost 900 million yuan or over $130 million. According to authorities, she evaded personal income and business taxes while working on the Chinese movie "The Bombing", also known as "Air Strike".

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"I know I've let down the country, betrayed society's trust in me, and let down my fans". Hours after the news broke, she posted a letter in which she apologized for tax evasion.

But the actress published a statement Wednesday titled "letter of apology" on Weibo, where she has almost 63 million followers.

However, Fan - who earned around £33million last year - previously denied any wrongdoing.

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

"As a public figure, I should have abided by laws and regulations, and been a role model in the industry and society", she said. Fan portrayed the character of Blink in X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Last month, Beijing Normal University released a study which attempted to assign a "social responsibility rating" for each Chinese film and television star.

Fan's disappearance coincided with a crackdown by Chinese authorities on high salaries for actors that can eat up much of the cost of a production.

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