One of China’s biggest stars was out and about this week after she disappeared for nearly a year following her tax problems. Actress Fan Bingbing, 37, was hit with a $130 million tax penalty after she was found guilty of not paying her taxes in China. Fan Bingbing was missing since July of last year but the actress emerged to grace the red carpet at the IQIYI Ninth Anniversary Gala in Beijing, China, on April 22, 2019. The actress posted the photo to her Instagram account which is blocked in China. However, she did not post her pictures on Weibo, a Chinese social network.
Fan Bingbing got into all sort of mess last year when the Chinese government came down on her for tax evasion. The actress was guilty of using “Ying Yang” contracts which were two contracts that helped her hide money. She declared one contract to the government, which was a smaller salary for her acting services while hiding the other contract which had a larger salary. This caused her to owe the Chinese government $130 million in back taxes and penalties.
After she was caught, she was in hiding from the public. But she slowly made appearances on social media. On Weibo, she apologized to China and her fans and asked for their forgiveness. “Without the Party and country’s good policies, without the loving attention of the masses, there would be no Fan Bingbing,” she said on Weibo. Additionally, she got on social media to wish her fans a happy Chinese New Year.
Although she was seen on social media, she was not seen out in public, until three months after she was caught. Paparazzi caught her leaving a hotel in Beijing in October of last year. This was the first time she was seen in public since her tax scandal. Since then, she has kept low until this week when she attended a party in Beijing.
Fan Bingbing has been slowly reintroducing herself to the public. Just recently, she has signed on for a role on the movie 355, a spy film from Jessica Chastain and Simon Kinberg, reports Vanity Fair. The film is described as a female-driven James Bond style movie where Chastain will co-star with Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard, Lupita Nyong’o, and Fan Bingbing. The women will play spies from all over the world and they will come together to form their own team called 355.
Fan Bingbing has also started a beauty line called “Fan Beauty Secret,” during her disappearance. Good for her for coming back and making that money. Good luck to her.