Vanished China star Fan last in 'social responsibility' ranking

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Although Fan denied the accusations and Cui eventually walked back his claims, China's State Administration of Taxation announced shortly after that they were looking into the claims of tax evasion involving celebrities, avoiding Fan. Those reports haven't been corroborated, but media watchdog sites covering China have noted that the government seems to be censoring reports of Fan's disappearance.

Numerous details thus far are remarkably similar to the situation surrounding notorious and controversial Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, who was similarly held on tax evasion charges following a number of encounters with the Chinese government.

Fan is best known to American audiences for playing Blink in X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Cui Yongyuan, a former presenter for state-run China Central Television (CCTV), posted purported contracts online in May that suggest she had received the payments.

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Per THR, a Hong Kong tabloid alleged the star had been seen at a Los Angeles immigration office while Chinese publication Securities Daily claimed in a since-retracted report that Bingbing had been placed "under control" by authorities in China and would "accept the legal decision". Her boyfriend, actor Li Chen, also seemingly vanished at the beginning of the summer.

Chinese actress Fan Bingbing is set to co-star in the upcoming thriller 355 alongside Jessica Chastain, Penelope Cruz and Lupita Nyong'o, but that's assuming they're able to locate her. Her disappearance is odd considering Fan has just been announced to star in a new spy movie alongside Jessica Chastain and Lupita Nyong'o.

Fan Bingbing is being defended by her representatives.

The piece was taken down shortly after.

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Posts about Fan's whereabouts earlier this year were also removed from social media, according to Free Weibo, a website that tracks social-media censorship in China.

Bingbing was last photographed walking the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival premiere of "Ash Is the Purest White". It said she pulls in tens of millions of dollars for her acting roles, as well as several high-end endorsements. She was accused this year on social media of signing two copies of a film contract - a practice colloquially dubbed a "yin-yang" agreement, wherein the undervalued version is submitted to tax authorities. "We hope the investigation result can be released soon to answer the public doubt".

It follows news that the star was recently ranked last in the 2017-2018 China Film and Television Star Social Responsibility Report, an official report authored by academics at Beijing Normal University, which judged celebrities on "professional work, charitable actions and personal integrity".

The report evaluated celebrities on three criteria - professional work, charitable work, and integrity - based on media reports over the previous year.

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