Fan Bingbing finally emerges from tax evasion cloud

World | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 26 Apr 2019

Movie superstar Fan Bingbing has reappeared in public following a long absence from the spotlight after authorities targeted her in a crackdown on tax evasion in the entertainment industry.

The 37-year-old actress, model, singer and producer - a familiar face in China who also won fame in Hollywood - stopped appearing in public last May and her prolific social media presence was all but lost amid claims about her evading massive taxes.

But Fan, pictured, made a return to the spotlight this week by walking along the red carpet at a Beijing party for online video platform iQiyi.

Fans generally cheered her return, with one declaring: "The queen is back."

But some complained Fan had escaped harsh punishment, having got off by paying taxes owed plus a financial penalty.

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