Back in May, a TV host launched a throng of accusations against Fan Bingbing to imply that the actress engaged in tax evasion. Fan Bingbing Studio issued a statement to deny any wrongdoing and that they will cooperate with authorities with the investigation. Fan Bingbing has lain low since then and all kinds of rumors have been flying, the latest being that she has been arrested!
These kinds of speculations have actually been going on for months. First, there were rumors that she was arrested along with her brother Fan Chengcheng. Then there were rumors that she and fiancee Li Chen have broken off their engagement. There were rumors that Fan Bingbing is being replaced by Zhang Ziyi in the high-profile Hollywood movie The 355. I’m not inclined to believe any of the above just because of the media’s tendency to blow things out of proportion, but things definitely don’t seem to be looking up.
According to recent reports, Fan Bingbing is under control and being investigated by the government. China’s state-run Securities Daily learned through a source that Fan Bingbing is in prison and that she is also being linked to bank lending and corruption cases. The Securities Daily article was taken offline later so there’s no way to verify.
What we do know is that Fan Bingbing has indeed been missing from the public eye. Her show Legend of Ba Qing is postponed indefinitely. As of today, Fan Bingbing’s office in Wuxi has been completely emptied with all documents allegedly taken away. A worker said that the carpets needed changing so the office had to be vacated. Fan Bingbing Studio has been unreachable.