Fan Bingbing’s tax-evasion case: China’s cautionary tale for the stars

Actress Fan Bingbing topped the Forbes China Celebrity List last year, with earnings of $60 million.
Actress Fan Bingbing topped the Forbes China Celebrity List last year, with earnings of $60 million. PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING • China’s decision to slap superstar Fan Bingbing with one of the country’s biggest tax-evasion penalties in recent memory sends a reminder that the Communist Party has no plans to loosen its grip on the booming film and television industry.

Fan and companies she is affiliated with were ordered to pay about 884 million yuan (S$178 million) in back taxes and fines, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 05, 2018, with the headline 'China’s cautionary tale for the stars'. Print Edition | Subscribe