Reportedly accused by a former employee at her agency of evading up to 45 million yuan in taxes, 25-year-old Chinese actress Lareina Song Zuer (宋祖兒), is now being investigated by authorities!
While investigations are currently still underway, netizens pointed out that the five major Chinese television networks have already silently removed drama productions which the actress has a part in. Although Lareina’s personal Weibo profile and studio pages are still active, many deduce that she might already be headed for the “fengsha” (banned) treatment, in the footsteps of tainted actress Yuan Bingyan (袁冰妍).
The actress, whose real name is Sun Fanqing, has four companies listed under her name, but holds a stake in only one of them.
In 2019, romantic rumors between Lareina and Taiwanese actor Ethan Juan (阮經天) after they were paired as a couple in Cupid’s Kitchen <舌尖上的心跳> raised eyebrows due to their age gap – he was 36 and she was 21.
4 Completed Dramas To Be Frozen?
If tax evasion suspicions are confirmed, Lareina’s career looks to be jeopardized. Starring the actress, four dramas which have yet to air and may be implicated include period drama The Demon Hunter’s Romance <無憂渡> which she starred in with Ren Jialun (任嘉倫), The Prisoner of Beauty <折腰> opposite rising actor Liu Yuning (劉宇寧), modern drama Created in China <艱難的製造> with actor Zhang Xincheng (張新成), and drama Reading Class <閱讀課> with Neo Hou Minghao (侯明昊).
Already styled as the female lead of an upcoming miniseries titled Huan Yu <焕羽>, she might well lose the casting opportunity, with producer Yang Xiaopei (楊曉培) having already unfollowed her on Weibo. Avid in discussions, Chinese netizens pointed out that “newbies nowadays are all not so bright” as they are getting known for tax fraud and evasion “even without gaining fame”, while others urged for investigations to speed up, and for artistes in the entire C-entertainment circle to be duly checked.