China fines Fan Bingbing in months-long tax evasion case

Fan Bingbing has not been seen in public since July, following claims of tax evasion. (AFP pic)

BEIJING: China has ordered Fan Bingbing, one of the country’s best-known actresses, to pay taxes and fines amounting to hundreds of millions of yuan, state-run Xinhua News Agency reported, without elaborating.

The 37-year-old actress, who has more than 60 million followers on the Twitter-like Weibo, has vanished from public view amid a scandal about movie stars under-reporting their earnings.

Chinese tax authorities have been investigating the industry – including Fan – for possible evasion.