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Actress Fan Bingbing's vanishing stirs tax evasion intrigue

Missing Chinese movie star leaves several projects in limbo

Chinese movie star Fan Bingbing at France's Cannes Film Festival in May.   © Reuters

DALIAN -- The mystery surrounding popular Chinese movie star Fan Bingbing, who has gone missing for months, has local netizens wondering if she has been detained by law enforcement for tax evasion.

In June, tax authorities launched an investigation after a former broadcaster for state-run China Central Television, Cui Yongyuan, alleged on social media that Fan underreported her income for a certain production. The actress has remained silent online since a blog post that month, and was reportedly last seen in public in July.

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