Chinese superstar Fan Bingbing, who played Blink in X-Men: Days of Future Past, still hasn’t been seen publicly in three months, but there’s new insight into her disappearance from the public eye.
According to China’s state news outlet, Xinhua, the actress — who was set to appear with Penélope Cruz, Jessica Chastain, and other A-list stars in the thriller 355 — is being accused of tax evasion.
She has been ordered to pay approximately $130 million for allegedly misreporting how much money she earned on various projects.
If she pays back the money by an unspecified deadline, she will not be held criminally accountable, the report claimed.
The government report did not indicate where Fan, who is the country’s highest-earning actress, has been since July 1 — the last time she was seen publicly. However, the South China Morning Post reports she was released from “residential surveillance at a designated location” — a secret government detention — about two weeks ago and returned to Beijing as the tax authorities wrapped up their investigation.
Fan also broke her silence via the social media site Weibo, on which she has more than 60 million followers. In her first post since June 2, she wrote that she “completely accepts” the decision.
“As a public figure, I should have abided by laws and regulations,” she wrote, “and been a role model in the industry and society.”
She went on to say that she will “try my best to overcome all difficulties and raise funds to pay back taxes and fines.” She also praised her country and its government.
“I am unworthy of the trust of the society and let down the fans who love me,” she wrote.