The entire nation and the world are in fervent discussion of the whereabouts of China’s highest-paying actress Fan Bingbing (范冰冰), who disappeared soon after her tax evasion scandal broke out. Her last appearance was in July 1, when she was seen at a children’s hospital. The actress, who is usually active on social media, was last seen to be active on July 23, when she “liked” some posts on Weibo.
Many rumors have broken out to explain Fan Bingbing’s disappearance. A report by Securities Daily <证券日报> last week revealed that the actress was “under control,” leading to speculation that she was arrested by authorities. The report added that Fan Bingbing’s tax evasion scandal was only the tip of the iceberg, and that she is facing legal punishment for other crimes, such as illegal lending and crimes related to corruption. This report was later deleted.
In another rumor, Fan Bingbing and her fiancé Li Chen (李晨) had escaped to the United States to seek asylum, which would only further anger state officials. In the 2017-18 China Film and Television Star Social Responsibility Report, conducted by Chinese officials which has since been released, Fan Bingbing earned a rating of zero for social responsibility.
Netizens have been circulating a report that detailed Fan Bingbing’s astronomical wealth. Aside from being the highest paid actress in China, Fan Bingbing also owns may properties overseas. 14% of her earnings come from her investments in Canada, with overseas investments reaching 200%.
It is possible that the allegations against her is more serious than expected, as her younger brother, Nine Percent member Fan Chengcheng (范丞丞), is not allowed to leave China for his band’s Asian tour. It’s also been reported by the Chinese media that Fan Bingbing’s luxury cars and her proposal gift from Li Chen, all that are usually parked by her home property, have now gone missing, except for a mini-van. A screenshot of Fan Bingbing in handcuffs and guarded by two policewomen circulated on social media, but it has since been proven that it was photoshopped.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.