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China Fines Top Actress, Sending Warning to Booming Industry

  • Fan Bingbing punished after months-long tax evasion probe
  • Penalty shows Communist Party not planning to loosen grip
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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’s affiliated with were ordered to pay about 884 million yuan ($129 million) in back taxes and fines, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Wednesday. The 37-year-old actress said she was deeply ashamed of her crimes and apologized to tax authorities and the public.