Chinese movie star Fan Bingbing made her appearance today by posting to Weibo after disappearance for over three months with a “letter of apology”. The following is the text in full.
Letter of Apology
Recently, I’ve been suffering unprecedented pain and hardships… I looked back and now feel so ashamed of what I’ve done. Here, I sincerely apologize to everyone.
For a long time in the past, I have not been able to set right the relations between the interests of the state and society and that of my own. I have used the so-called “yin-yang contracts” in the film Air Strike and others to evade taxes, which I feel deeply ashamed of. These days, I took it very serious in cooperation with the tax authorities in their investigations into my misconduct and that of my company.
As a popular actress, I should have abode by the law and be the first to take my responsibilities both socially and professionally. I should have behaved myself instead of let myself down in front of financial interests.
I hereby sincerely say sorry to the society, to the friends who love me, to the public, and to the state tax authorities.
I fully accept the decision of penalties in line with law after investigations by the tax authorities, and I shall try my best to overcome all difficulties and raise funds to pay back taxes and fines.
As a child I loved arts and I have been lucky to meet a boom time of the movie industry. With the support of teachers and care of fans, and my own efforts, I have achieved a good career in the movie arena. As an actress, I am often proud of China’s culture with my performances, in which I have done my utmost.
I can say that every bit of my achievements comes from the support of my country and my audience. There would not be today’s Fan Bingbing if there have not been the good policies of the party and the state, in addition to the support of the audience.
Today, I am deeply out of ease due to my own wrong doings! I have let the country down; I am unworthy of the trust of the society and let down the fans who love me. Here once again, I express my sincere apology! I am sorry!
I want to assure everyone that after this rectification, I would play with the rules, abide by the law and take my responsibilities seriously. While presenting more good performances, I would also manage my company well, do our business with honesty and trust, and try to build a good company with cultural significance and spread positive energy to the society.
Once again, I want to say “sorry!” sincerely to the fans who have always been supporting me and to my friends and family who have been loving me.
October 3, 2018/10/3
Translation by Followcn Staff
Chinese authorities have now ordered Ms Fan and the companies she controls to pay around 883 million yuan ($129m) in taxes, fines and penalties.
The 37-year-old actress, who appeared in the X-Men and Iron Man film franchises, sparked concern among her millions of fans when she disappeared from public view in June.
Her vanishing act sparked wild speculation in China about her fate, including reports she had been detained.