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Concern for Fan Bingbing after authorities claim she's 'under control'

Fan Bingbing Marion Cotillard Jessica Chastain Penelope Cruz and Lupita Nyong’o pose on a pier during the Fan Bingbing comes in last on list of socially responsible stars amid tax evasion rumours
Adrian Cunningham | 14 September, 2018, 21:57

Fan, who played Blink in the 2014 film "X-Men: Days of Future Past", has not been seen in public since July 1 and last posted on social media on June 2.

Only about half of the 800 or so films made by Chinese studios past year made it to a cinema and among those 400, fewer than a quarter sold at least 100 million yuan ($14.6 million) in tickets.

It is the latest sign that the A-list actor, model and singer may have fallen foul of the authorities, with rumours that she has been detained for tax evasion.

The ranking has split fans online, with many jumping to Fan's defence. On the Securities Daily newspaper, a report had stated that Fan had been put under control and would be accepting of the legal judgement.

Several of Fan's employees were also allegedly under police investigation after the allegations of "yin and yang contracts" emerged, where the actress was said to have signed side-by-side public and private agreements that hide her real earnings to avoid paying tax.

Other news outlets have for months speculated on Fan's whereabouts, and rumours circulated that she was living under house arrest, according to The Epoch Times, a United States newspaper focusing on China.

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The sudden disappearance of Bingbing Fan from social media and the public eye has led to rumors of her arrest for tax evasion all the way to she fled to Los Angeles to seek asylum. The 36-year-old actress with a career span of two decades in the film industry across the globe has been the poster girl for various brands such as Cartier and Mercedes-Benz.

Swisse ranked as the top-selling imported product during Singles Day after Fan's appearance at a glitzy Shanghai shopping mall was live-streamed in China.

Interest in her mysterious disappearance piqued recently with the release of a study from Beijing Normal University which attempted to assign a "social responsibility rating" for each Chinese film and television star.

One user wrote on Weibo, China's equivalent to Twitter: "What kind of a report is this?" Her disappearance is odd considering Fan has just been announced to star in a new spy movie alongside Jessica Chastain and Lupita Nyong'o.

After the documents posted by Cui went viral, the state tax administration was reportedly investigating alleged use of such dual contracts in the entertainment industry in eastern Jiangsu province. In June, five government agencies enforced a cap of film star pay, saying that on-screen performers' salaries should be capped at 40 per cent of the total production costs.

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. Fan Bingbing arrives in the last position with the zero mark.