After vanishing for months, China's top star resurfaces with an apology

Chinese actress Fan Bingbing vanished from public view since July- no more social media updates no more paparazzi

Chinese tax authorities have ordered X-Men actor Fan Bingbing and companies she represents to pay taxes and penalties totalling $130 million U.S., ending months of speculation over one of the country's highest-profile entertainers since she disappeared from public view three months ago.

The Chinese government fined Fan, 37, and companies she represents to pay a collective total of $130 million for taxes and penalties, according to the Associated Press.

In addition to determining that Fan and her studio had evaded paying hundreds of millions of yuan in taxes, the tax authorities found that Fan had received 30 million yuan for her role in the upcoming film "Air Strike" - in which she stars in alongside Bruce Willis and Adrien Brody - but only paid tax on one-third of that income, much of which was funneled into smaller contracts. Because she was a first time offender, the Chinese government said she could avoid any criminal charges if she pays all the money by an undisclosed deadline.

A source close to Fan said she had been kept at a "holiday resort" used to investigate officials in a suburb in the coastal province of Jiangsu.

Hours after the news from the tax authorities, Fan posted a letter of apology on her personal account on microblogging platform Weibo, saying she deeply regretted her actions and felt ashamed of what she had done.

The announcement gave no indication of Fan's whereabouts but indicated her agent is being held by police for allegedly obstructing the investigation.

Hu Xijin, editor of the Global Times tabloid known for its nationalist pro-Communist Party opinions, said, "Fan's case must be shaking the performing arts world".

"I know I've let down the country, betrayed society's trust in me, and let down my fans".

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Fan Bingbing has addressed the speculation surrounding her disappearance. The nation's highest paid actress, Fan has tens of millions of followers on the popular Sina Weibo network and is the face of many luxury endorsements in the country.

However, Fan - who earned around £33million past year - previously denied any wrongdoing.

According to a brief report on the matter from Xinhua, Fan has agreed to repay the tax owed along with any fines.

"As a public figure, I should have abided by laws and regulations", she wrote, "and been a role model in the industry and society".

She had been accused in May by a Chinese TV presenter of using "yin-yang contracts" to lighten her tax burden.

Rod Wye, a former official in the British Embassy in Beijing, also told The Sun last month: "For someone like her to be "publicly disappeared" sends out a message that no matter how high you rise the Party can cut you down again".

Fan broke into the worldwide movie scene with her role in the 2014 "X-Men" movie. She has turned heads at the Cannes Film Festival for years, to where fashion brands like Armani, Versace, Dior and Louis Vuitton want to dress her. Esquire's China edition named her the "Most Beautiful Woman In The Year" in 2012.

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