Chinese megastar Fan BingBing disappeared when she was fined for tax evasion. Now, she’s back in the spotlight again
Two months ago, Fan BingBing was spotted for the first time in almost a year after she mysteriously disappeared following issues of tax fraud, leaving no trace even on her social media accounts.
Fan was ordered to pay nearly $130 million in fines and taxes after authorities found out she failed to pay her dues.
“I sincerely apologize to everyone. As a public person I should be in compliance with the law and be an example for society and the industry,” she said.
As the highest-paid actress in China with an estimated net worth of more than $100 million, this shook the country’s entertainment industry.
Although Fan avoided criminal charges because it was a first-time offense, her scandal was seen as a warning to other celebrities to pay their dues. Up until President Xi Jinping took office, many people from the entertainment industry were spared from anti-corruption investigations.
Fan is Back Again
Fan appeared made her debut once more at the Beijing Gala which was held in honor of video streaming platform iQiyi, where she posed for the media while donning a fabulous black and pink pantsuit, with matching diamonds and a designer handbag.
There are mixed opinions on her appearance. Although her fans are delighted to see her once more in the public eye, many detractors are voicing out their hate on the celebrity.
Fan has not had any projects in China since the issue hit, but it turns out, her disappearance is not enough to put her out of work as she is expected to begin filming her new movie, 355.
The spy thriller is directed by Simon Kinberg, the same visionary behind Dark Phoenix, and will feature Hollywood royalties which include Diane Kruger, Jessica Chastain, Penelope Cruz, and Lupita Nyong’o.