Chinese superstar Fan Bingbing, best known to Western audiences for her role as Blink in X-Men: Days of Future Past, reportedly faces more than $100 million in fines and back taxes, which she says she will pay.
In addition to determining that Fan and her studio had evaded paying hundreds of millions of yuan in taxes, the tax authorities found that Fan had received 30 million yuan for her role in the upcoming film "Air Strike" - in which she stars in alongside Bruce Willis and Adrien Brody - but only paid tax on one-third of that income, much of which was funneled into smaller contracts.
Reuters was unable to contact Fan or her agent when inquiring about those reports.
Allegations of Fan's fishy figures were first voiced in May, when TV presenter Cui Yongyuan posted screenshots on Weibo of what appeared to be one of the actress's contracts.
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Since then, the government has been mum about the actress, who is known to American audiences for her roles the X-Men franchise and other films and has been a regular on global red carpets.
Before her disappearance, she had been booked to star with Penelope Cruz in the Hollywood film 355. In her first public statement since she went silent on Chinese social media on July 23, Fan Bingbing apologized for evading taxes and accepted full responsibility.
Fan, China's highest-paid actress for four consecutive years, was last seen in person on July 1.
"I am unworthy of the trust of the society and let down the fans who love me", she wrote. Fan and her companies were ordered to pay fines and fees totaling to almost RMB884 million (USD129 million) by an undisclosed deadline. Regulators capped pay for actors at 40% of a TV show's production budget and at 70% of the total paid to all performers in a film. Xinhua said she had been under investigation by tax authorities in Jiangsu province, near Shanghai but didn't provide any details on her current whereabouts.
It is thought to be a common industry practice, with one contract stating a lower official salary.