China 'orders X-Men actress Fan Bingbing to pay massive tax fine'

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Multiple reports claimed that she was being held in secret detention while the investigation was under way.

Fan Bingbing plays Blink in X-Men: Days of Future Past. The official Xinhua News Agency cited tax authorities as saying Fan would not be held criminally accountable for tax evasion as the taxes, fines and late fees amounting to almost 900 million yuan ($130 million) were paid on time.

According to state-run news agency Xinhua, Fan has been ordered to pay nearly $130 million, after she misreported how much money she had received for certain film projects, using so-called "yin-yang contracts" to hide from the authorities her true remuneration and avoid millions of dollars in taxes. "I failed my country which nurtured me; I failed the society which trusted me; I failed the fans who liked me", she said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She has a role in the upcoming Bruce Willis-Adrien Brody feature "Air Strike". Because she was a first-time offender, the government said criminal charges would not be filed against her if she pays all the money by an undisclosed deadline, Xinhua reported.

A man surnamed Liang, who identified himself as a staff member of Fan's studio when reached by phone, refused to comment on the announcement or on Fan's location. She had instead paid taxes on a contract for only 10 million yuan, Xinhua said.

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Her disappearance coincided with a crackdown by the authorities on high salaries for actors that can eat up much of the cost of a production. A directive signed by five government regulatory bodies has stipulated that payments to a film's cast can not exceed more than 40% of a film's budget, and the stars can not pocket more than 70% of the money paid to all cast members. Cui accused Fan of hurting the entertainment industry with her massive tax evasion.

Reports suggested she was involved in an investigation into tax evasion in the film industry, with speculation she had been detained. "Without the good policies of the Communist Party and the state, without the love of the people, there is no Fan Bingbing". "The bigger the brand, the more likely you are to attract scrutiny".

"The tax bureau in the eastern coastal province of Jiangsu delivered its judgment to Fan on Sunday, levying fines of more than 596 million yuan ($86.78 million) for tax evasion and assessing overdue taxes of more than 288 million yuan ($41.93 million)", news agency, Xinhua said. The example refers to a reportedly common entertainment industry practice in which actors have a public contract stating an official salary and a private contract detailing actual, much higher pay.

Fan Bingbing, 37, disappeared from the public eye in June and her once active social media presence went silent after allegations emerged that she had evaded taxes on a lucrative movie shoot.

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