Chinese star gets zero rating by Chinese authorities for being socially irresponsible

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Here are the top five highest paid celebrities in China past year, according to Forbes China.

Meanwhile, a watchdog site covering social media censorship in China notes that concerned supporters who wondered online what had happened to Fan have since seen their posts scrubbed. According to a now-deleted news report from Securities Daily last Thursday, Fan was apprehended and is currently under investigation for tax evasion.

The move came after leaked documents suggested that Fan had been involved with "ying-yang contracts", which allow stars to receive a hefty salary while submitting another, lower, official salary to the tax authorities.

When Fan was seen on Chinese TV in 2014 with a tube of Blackmores vitamin cream in her handbag, sales of the Australian cream reportedly leapt from 3000 tubes a month to 500,000 a month.

One story from Chinese state-run publication Securities Daily, which went viral on Chinese social media, reported that she had been "placed under control" by authorities, and was willing to "accept the legal decision", however the story was later retracted.

Released on Tuesday, the 2017-2018 China Film and Television Star Social Responsibility Report from the state-funded Beijing Normal University, which rated the country's celebrities based on their "professional work, charitable actions and personal integrity", gave Bingbing a rating of zero per cent, deeming her "not socially responsible".

But despite the rumours dogging Fan, including that she has received a ban from appearing in films, she has not been formally accused of any crime.

Swisse ranked as the top-selling imported product during Singles Day after Fan's appearance at a glitzy Shanghai shopping mall was live-streamed in China. "Fan has done so much good work in the past!" one user wrote on the Twitter-like Weibo platform. To clamp down on tax evasion, the government has implemented new policies on taxation.

However, the scandal reportedly spurred investigations into "Yin-Yang contracts", where two contracts are used for the same job, as China's media regulators have been working to limit top actors' earnings to prevent "money worship" and focus on the film industry's "social benefits".

Fans are anxious for her safety as she's not the first citizen to disappear under this government.

Last month, almost a dozen major Chinese film producers and video sites announced they also would boycott "unreasonable" pay for actors.

Fan Bingbing is one of China's biggest celebrities, a ubiquitous actress, model and singer who earned more in 2016 than Hollywood A-listers such as Amy Adams and Charlize Theron, according to Forbes.

Bingbing had been cast in upcoming all-female spy thriller "355" but it's not known if she will be available for filming given her current circumstances.

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