Men Star Fan Bingbing Faces Over $100 Million in Tax Fines

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"We love you, Fan Bingbing", many Weibo users wrote on the actress' last post on June 2, according to the BBC.

Fan appeared in the X-Men and Iron Man film franchises and has more than 62 million followers online in China.

Xinhua said an investigation by the Chinese tax authorities found that Ms Fan had split her contract to evade taxes of 7.3 million yuan over payments for her role in Air Strike, a film due to be released this year.

The report described unpaid taxes, fines and late fees amounting to almost 900 million yuan or over $130 million.

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She was not heard from again until China's state-run Securities Daily ( 證券日報), on September 6. reported Fan was "under control, and will accept the legal decision". Over the past few months, rumors circulated that Fan had been arrested, that she had been banned from leaving China, that she had been banned from acting for three years, that her production company's offices had been emptied, and even that she had sought asylum in the United States.

But she disappeared from the public eye and her once active social media presence went silent in May after allegations emerged that she had evaded taxes on a lucrative movie shoot, charges her studio called "slander".

"I have experienced unprecedented pain and agony in recent months", she wrote.

Reuters, citing Chinese state media, said the actress' fines totaled 479 million yuan ($69.74 million), while her outstanding back taxes were calculated at 255 million yuan ($37 million). One sentence reads, "Without the policies of the Party and the country, without the love of the people, there is no Fan Bingbing".

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Fan is known as China's highest-paid actor, with an income of 300 million yuan in 2017.

"I failed my country which nurtured me; I failed the society which trusted me; I failed the fans who liked me", Fan reportedly said, according to translations.

There was no immediate comment from Fan or a representative for the actor. She graced the red carpet at Cannes in May and was expected to star alongside Penelope Cruz in the movie "355".

Fan broke into the worldwide movie scene with her role in the 2014 "X-Men" movie. Fan Bingbing poses on a pier. However, the South China Morning Post reports she was released from "residential surveillance at a designated location" - a secret government detention - about about two weeks ago and returned to Beijing as the tax authorities wrapped up their investigation.

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