Where is Fan Bingbing, one of China's highest-paid actress?

Fan Bingbing Photo: South China Morning Post

Fan Bingbing, who turned 37 on Sunday, is one of the most successful actresses in China's rising film industry.
She has also stepped into the world of Hollywood blockbusters with a minor role in "X-Men: Days of Future Past""Iron Man 3", and the Chinese dub of "Despicable Me 3."
Fan has won major awards throughout Asia, and also appeared in global luxury product ads ranging from vitamins in Australia to lipstick by Guerlain, the watches of Montblanc and the diamonds of De Beers.
But now, she is missing.
Fan has not been seen in public since July when she was caught up in a tax evasion scandal.
Her disappearance without a trace has fuelled speculation that the actress has been detained and faces punishment for improper tax filings.
In an article published by state-run Securities Daily on September 6, which was later deleted, the publication said Fan had been brought "under control and was about to receive legal judgment."
"Besides tax evasion, she was also involved in corruption and money laundering," it added.
Fan's name was removed from the posters for a film known in English as "Unbreakable Spirit," which tells the story of the imperial Japanese army bombing China's wartime capital, Chongqing, from 1938 to 1943.
The film's release was originally scheduled for August but has been postponed till October
Another film in which Fan had a role was also delayed in June and has not yet been rescheduled. Raymond Zhou, an independent film critic, claimed in an interview that Fan's role had been edited out.
Several of the brands she represents also have distanced themselves from her. They include Swisse Wellness, an Australian company, which announced that it was suspending use of her name. A duty free store in Thailand did the same.
According to local reports, Fan's studio in Wuxi, East China's Jiangsu Province, has been totally deserted, and nearly all files have been taken away.
Fan Chenchen, Fan's younger brother, burst into tears at a meeting with his fans in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, when speaking of his current situation.
He didn't mention of his elder sister's whereabouts, but said his life has experienced dramatic changes over the past several months.
"I don't know when we will meet next time, but I believe we will have opportunities to meet again in the future," he added.
On May 28, outspoken TV presenter and producer Cui Yongyuan took to Weibo, alleging that Fan had signed yin yang contracts, also known as "double contracts", to evade tax.
According to state-run tabloid Global Times, Fan had two different contracts, one for tax purposes saying she was paid $1.5 million (10 million yuan) and a separate, private contract for $7.5 million (50 million yuan).
Fan denied evading tax, and Cui later retreated from his initial accusations, saying he did not mean to target Fan.
However, Fan vanished after the Chinese authorities announced a tax investigation.
Officials declined to comment on the status of the investigation, or whether Fan was a focus of it.
No official statement has been made about Fan's whereabouts, or any potential criminal charges against the actress.
Fan's disappearance came as Beijing ramps up efforts to regulate the country's entertainment industry.
Five government agencies including the Publicity Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC), the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the State Administration of Taxation (SAT), the State Administration of Radio and Television and the Film Bureau issued a joint statement on June 27, saying "China's film and television industry maintains a sound momentum of growth in general, but immediate actions need to be taken to deal with sky-high pay for actors, double contracts, tax evasion and other issues."
State media have also called on celebrities to spread "positive energy" on the Internet, and said those involved in pornography, gambling and drug abuse would be censored.

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