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‘X-men’ actress Fan Bingbing drops out of social media, sparks concern among fans

Chinese actress Fan Bingbing has disappeared from social media amid rumors that she is the target of a tax evasion investigation, and that she, her brother and friend are excluded from leaving China.

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Fan Bingbing, “X-men” actress and one of China’s biggest film stars, has led to concern among fans after they disappeared from social media for about a month, amid rumors the celebrity is being investigated for tax evasion.

The Fans began to speculate that the star may be in trouble after she went radio silent on China’s main microblog Weibo, where more than 62 million followers. The Chinese actress is usually active on the service and posts regularly.

Chinese actress Fan Bingbing has disappeared from social media amid rumors that they are the targets of a tax fraud investigation.

(AP)

Fan last posted on the social media service on 2 July, the day after she was last seen in public a visit to a children’s hospital, the South China Morning Post reported. Many people have commented on the July 2 post asking the Fan to make a statement to confirm that she is well.

“We love you, Fan Bingbing,” many Weibo users wrote, according to the BBC. “We are waiting for an answer.”

Others said: the last time a Fan was active on Weibo, on 23 July, when she “liked” several posts.

A post shared by Fan Bingbing 范冰冰 (@bingbing_fan) on May 14, 2014 at 6:58am PDT

But it remains a mystery why Fan is the avoidance of the spotlight, various reports online claim that the actress and her brother had been barred from leaving China as authorities look into reports that a Fan was given dual contracts for her work: a public listing of its official salary and a private one indication of her actual, much higher, to pay. The contracts, called “yin-yang” contracts are used to evade taxes.

The Chinese newspaper Economic Observer reported on Saturday that the Fan and her brother Fan Chengcheng are involved in a tax evasion investigation that began in June. A person who is with a company which is connected with Fan is accused of hiding and destroying evidence, a source told the newspaper. Several other people associated with the Fan to be investigated.

A post shared by Fan Bingbing 范冰冰 (@bingbing_fan) on Jul 24, 2016 at 2:01 am PDT

Her friend, actor Li Chen, is said to have been barred from leaving China. He has not updated his account since July 6.

The report was published on the newspaper on the website for about an hour before it was taken down — but he had already been widely shared on the internet, the South China Morning Post reported.

Chinese media reports say not a Fan, her production company, nor the agent can be achieved, the encouragement of speculation, all of which are captured in the probe. The police rarely comment on this investigation until a conclusion is reached.

A post shared by Fan Bingbing 范冰冰 (@bingbing_fan) on May 13, 2018 at 7:52 PDT

Fan ‘ s production company released a statement on 3 June saying Fan never signed a “yin-yang” contract.

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has appeared in dozens of movies and TV series in China, but is best known internationally for her role as Blink in 2014 X-Men: Days of Future Past.” She is one of China’s richest entertainers, pulling down tens of millions of dollars for her roles, together with significant amounts in appearance fees and product endorsements.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter via @bykatherinelam

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