Fan Bingbing reportedly handed 3-year ban from acting for tax evasion, has been silent

Fan Bingbing has been under investigation by tax authorities in China for a couple months now over allegations that she hid her income with fake contracts.

Fan has been at the center of a scandal over actors’ salaries and tax evasion since May, when a Chinese TV anchor published documents that appeared to show Fan being paid through two different contracts for work on the same film. The implication was that only one of the contracts would be declared to tax authorities. Fan has vehemently denied the allegations, but Chinese officials announced a few weeks later that they were launching a probe into so-called yin-yang contracts.

Now reports have emerged that she has been banned from acting for a period of three years for tax evasion.

The Apple Daily report comes as the actress’ fans wonder about her recent silence on social media and absence from the limelight. Fan … was last seen in public in early July and has not updated her social media accounts, including Chinese Twitter-equivalent Weibo, for three weeks.

Her talent management firm, Fan’s Workshop, has declined to comment on the report of an acting ban. CAA, which represents Fan internationally, also declined to comment.

We’ll likely have confirmation on the reports soon enough as she was recently cast in ‘355, which also stars Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o, Penelope Cruz, and Marion Cotillard. It has not been filmed yet, so whether she withdraws or not should be telling.

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