Following reports of a three-year acting ban and then of her being arrested, a state-run publication called Securities Daily confirmed the that actress Fan Bingbing has been detained, likely for tax evasion. Specifically, they say she is “under control, and will accept the legal decision.”
That said, perhaps the most worrying thing is that tax evasion may be among the least of her concerns as it’s also claimed she’s being looked at for “illegal lending” and “other forms of corruption”.
According to the Securities Daily article, Fan’s “yin-yang contracts are only the tip of the iceberg. She is also suspected of participating in illegal lending and other forms of corruption. In the worst case, she faces legal punishment.”
I said in previous articles that we’ll know what’s up if her projects, especially those overseas, get postponed or not, and it does seem like that will be happening.
In-production films and programs that Fan was involved in at the time of her disappearance have been stalled, and may not make it to audiences.
Furthermore, it seems like it’s not just her that’s in trouble.
Following Fan’s disappearance, rumors and speculation circulated that she was under investigation or was living in house arrest under 24-hour surveillance. Per reports, Fan’s case has prompted the authorities to investigate the earnings of a further 200 film stars.
Not sure how things work in China, but I’m guessing this is looking bad for the future of her career. I don’t think you want the government to ever refer to you as ‘under control’.