The Straits Times
Published on Oct 04, 2012

Zhang Ziyi sues US website over Bo Xilai link claims


LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi is suing a United States (US)-based Chinese online news outlet over claims that she was a prostitute who had sex with top official Bo Xilai and others, a lawyer said on Wednesday.

The Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon star is taking legal action for libel in Los Angeles over the claims by Boxun News, which is based in North Carolina and offers Chinese- and English-language news online.

"At the heart of all of the claims are a series of libelous defamatory statements printed by Boxun News about Zhang Ziyi," attorney Adam LeBerthon, of the law firm representing the actress, told AFP.

"Boxun News printed repeatedly that Zhang Ziyi is a prostitute, and that's the heart of our allegations. She does not know (Bo), has not met him and has nothing whatsoever to do with him." The lawsuit, obtained by AFP, said Boxun News claimed that Zhang earned over US$100 million (S$123 million) for having sex with Chinese officials and others, in news reports in May and June this year which were republished by media around the world.