Is Fan Bingbing Missing? Chinese Actress Hasn't Been Seen in Months

Fan Bingbing poses at the 71st Cannes Film Festival on May 12

Fan Bingbing poses at the 71st Cannes Film Festival on May 12

Tabloids in China are taking shots at Fan and she was recently ranked last in the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences' list of the most socially responsible stars in China.

But despite the rumours dogging Fan, including that she has received a ban from appearing in films, she has not been formally accused of any crime.

The report's authors said they studied the celebrities' behaviour to assess the extent of their social responsibility but did not elaborate on how they arrived at the results, saying that the findings were based on "research and web-scraping".

The study comes amid a wider push by China's Communist leaders to crackdown on the entertainment industry and curb what it sees as "promoting money worship", "distorting social values" and "misleading young people to blindly chase celebrities".

There has been speculation about Fan's whereabouts since reports emerged that she had taken "under the table" payments.

Published earlier this month, 100 Chinese stars including popular actor Jackie Chan and award-winning actress Zhang Ziyi were ranked according to their professional work, charity work and personal integrity.

Another report, by Taiwan's ETtoday, said last Friday that Fan had already been detained, quoting insiders close to the matters.

While the host never gave her name, fans were easily able to figure out that he was talking about Fan Bingbing.

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So-called "yin and yang" dual contract arrangements ― with one contract for income declared to tax authorities and another kept secret ― are reportedly used to evade taxes. And with a report in the state-runSecurities Daily which claimed that Fan had been "placed under control and will accept the legal decision".

In late July, the independent Chinese newspaper The Economic Observer reported that police in Jiangsu province were examining Fan's financial case and that several of Fan's staff members were also under police investigation.

Last month, almost a dozen major Chinese film producers and video sites announced they also would boycott "unreasonable" pay for actors.

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.

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

If there's anyone who personifies China's celebrity culture, Fan is it.

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