Fan Bingbing Back in the Spotlight for the First Time Since Last Year’s Tax Scandal

May 21, 2019 by No Comments

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Chinese actress Fan Bingbing is back following her tax scandal back in 2018.

The star has officially made her first public appearance in almost a year after being found guilty of tax fraud where she was fined more than $100 million in penalties and back taxes. The IRS of the United States can collect back taxes owed for up to 10 years.

The 37-year-old X-Men star was seen for the first time in nearly a year on the red carpet at the iQiyi Ninth Anniversary Gala in Beijing. She sported a stylish pink and black blazer over an Alexander McQueen lace pantsuit for the occasion, suggesting that the fashion world is willing to forgive her past transgressions.

The star has also avoided using most forms of social media platform during this time.

Amidst her silence, Fan offered a single tearful statement on Weibo appealing for the forgiveness of her fans back in October.

“Recently I have been enduring an unprecedented amount of pain, undergoing deep self-reflection and introspection. I am deeply ashamed and feel guilty for what I have done, and I offer my sincere apologies to everyone,” Fan said in October.

“I have come to realize that, as a public figure, I should have observed the law, setting a good example for society and the entertainment industry. I shouldn’t have lost the ability to control myself in the face of economic interests, allowing myself to break the law.”

As Fan begins to ease back into the public eye, she posted the red carpet look on Instagram, marking the return of her social media presence as well. Here, she received loving comments from fellow actors and celebrities, including co-star Jessica Chastain.

The only other time Fan Bingbing posted on Instagram was to break her year-long silence and wish her fans a happy and healthy Chinese New Year.

But Fan’s cross-post on Weibo, a social media platform popular in China, did not sit well among her Chinese followers.

The celebrity’s Alexander McQueen look was met with harsh criticism by followers regarding the tax scandal, with some even calling her a “thick-skinned liar,” according to Variety.

Fan’s reemergence also includes the launch of her new face mask product under her beauty brand, Fan Beauty. The moisturizing gel can help the 50% of adults who have dry skin and Fan even appeared in the promotional video for the new product.

While recent reports claim that 35% of Americans actually overpay on their federal taxes each year, this scandal was the opposite. Fan was personally responsible for $70 million of the $129 million worth of fines issued by Chinese authorities on Fan and her companies. As long as Fan pays the taxes and fines, she will avoid criminal charges.

Fan made over 300 million yuan last year alone, making her one of the top-earning celebrities in China.

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