China orders Fan Bingbing to pay $70 million over tax evasion

Fan Bingbing has been ordered to pay the equivalent of more than $100 million in taxes and fines, Chinese state-run media outlet Xinhua reported Tuesday, according to Bloomberg.

Citing Chinese taxation authorities, Xinhua said Tuesday that Fan has been ordered to pay around 420 million yuan, equivalent to approximately $70 million U.S. dollars, on top of back taxes totaling $37 million. She may also be hit with further fines. No further information was provided about the actress’ legal situation.

Soon after the story was announced, Fan posted an apology on Chinese social media platform Weibo, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “I failed my country which nurtured me; I failed the society which trusted me; I failed the fans who liked me,” she said in her first public statement in months.

“I totally accepted all of them, and will raise funds to pay my taxes and penalties regardless of any obstacles,” she said about the penalties imposed on her.

CAA, Fan’s American representatives, did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

One of the most popular actresses in China, Fan hasn’t been seen in public or heard from since an early June visit to a children’s hospital in Tibet. Her absence prompted speculation that the Chinese government had quietly arrested her.

CNN reported last month that on Sept. 6, the state-run news outlet Securities Daily said in a since-deleted article that Fan had been brought “under control… to receive legal judgment.” Back in May, state tabloid Global Times said that she had a “yin-yang contract,” a term used to refer to when two contracts are signed with different salary amounts, with the smaller amount being reported on tax returns. In this case, Fan was said to have a public film contract for $1.5 million and a smaller one for $7.5 million. She denied it.

Over the past five years, Fan has risen to become one of the most successful stars in China’s rising film industry, earning major awards throughout Asia and lucrative luxury brand ad deals. She’s also taken a step into the world of Hollywood blockbusters with a minor role in “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “Iron Man 3,” and the Chinese dub of “Despicable Me 3.”

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CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 11: Actress Fan Bingbing attends the screening of 'Ash Is The Purest White (Jiang Hu Er Nv)' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 11, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 11: Chinese actress Fan Bingbing arrives for the screening of the film 'Ash Is Purest White' in competition at the 71st Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France on May 11, 2018. (Photo by Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 10: Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard, Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong'o and Fan Bingbing attend the photocall for '355' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 10, 2018 in Cannes, France (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 08: Fan Bingbing attends the screening of 'Everybody Knows (Todos Lo Saben)' and the opening gala during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 8, 2018 in Cannes, France.
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 08: Actress Fan Bingbing attends the screening of 'Everybody Knows (Todos Lo Saben)' and the opening gala during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 8, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - MAY 08: Chinese actress Fan Bingbing is seen arriving at Beijing Capital International Airport before her departure to the 71st Cannes Film Festival on May 8, 2018 in Beijing, China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
TAIPEI, TAIWAN - MARCH 28: Actress Fan Bingbing attends De Beers Jewellers event on March 28, 2018 in Taipei, Taiwan. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
HONG KONG, CHINA - MARCH 05: Actress Fan Bingbing attends the 30th anniversary ceremony of Hong Kong Society of Cinematographers (HKSC) on March 5, 2018 in Hong Kong, China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - MARCH 04: Actress Fan Bingbing attends the promotional event of eyewear brand she co-founded on March 4, 2018 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - DECEMBER 24: Actress Fan Bingbing arrives at the red carpet of 'Hanson and the Beast' premiere on December 24, 2017 in Beijing, China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
CHINA - OCTOBER 28: Actress Fan Bingbing attends the 1st Pingyao Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon International Film Festival at Pingyao County on October 28, 2017 in Jinzhong, Shanxi Province of China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - OCTOBER 26: Actress Fan Bingbing attends the De Beers event on October 26, 2017 in Beijing, China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 03: Fan Bingbing attends the Louis Vuitton show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2018 on October 3, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 02: Fan Bingbing attends the Opening Of The Louis Vuitton Boutique as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2018 on October 2, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 01: Fan Bingbing attends the Givenchy show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2018 on October 1, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
HANGZHOU, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 26: Actress Fan Bingbing promotes new film 'Sky Hunter' at a cinema on September 26, 2017 in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province of China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 09: Actress Fan Bingbing arrives at the red carpet of 2017 Bazaar Star Charity Night on September 9, 2017 in Beijing, China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - JULY 13: Actress Fan Bingbing attends the commercial event of Louis Vuitton on July 13, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
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