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Fan Bingbing was suing billionaire over sex claim with China VP: report

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A
composite image of Chinese actress Fan Bingbing and vice
president Wang Qishan, who were accused of having an
affair.

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  • Chinese actress Fan Bingbing disappeared from the
    public eye in early July after being accused of tax
    evasion.
  • A new report says she was pursuing a defamation lawsuit
    against a Chinese billionaire who accused her of having an
    affair with Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan.
  • The billionaire, Guo Wengui, claimed Fan disappeared
    because “somebody wants to shut Fan up,” not because of tax
    evasion allegations.

Vanished Chinese actress Fan Bingbing was suing a Chinese
billionaire over his allegations that she was sleeping with
China’s vice president when she disappeared, according to a new
report.

Fan had been pursuing a defamation lawsuit in the US against
billionaire Guo Wengui, who in a series of online videos accused
Fan of having an affair with Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan,

the Mail on Sunday reported
, citing court documents.

The actress, who played Blink in the 2014 film “X-Men: Days of
Future Past,”
disappeared from the public eye in early July
shortly after
she was accused of tax evasion in China.


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Chinese
billionaire Guo Wengui, who claimed that Fan and Wang were having
an affair.

Brendan
McDermid/Reuters


Throughout 2017, Guo published multiple videos online that
alleged that Fan had a long-term affair with Wang in Beijing,
according to the Mail. The videos claimed that Fan derived
financial benefit from the arrangement, but were unclear as how
exactly the alleged arrangement may have worked, the publication
said.

Guo — who also goes by the name Miles Kwok — lives in
self-imposed exile in the Upper East Side of New York City. He
regularly posts hour-long YouTube rants against Chinese officials
— including Wang.

He posted
at least
two videos last
year discussing his claim that Fan and Wang had an affair.

Wang, 70, is the vice president of China and the eighth-ranking
member of the Chinese Communist Party. He is often described as
President Xi Jinping’s right-hand man and the
man behind the country’s massive anti-corruption crackdown
.

Fan’s lawsuit described Guo’s claims as “unsupported, wild, and
defamatory,” the Mail on Sunday reported.

It said the documents included the statement: “Ms Fan has never
had any sexual relationship or adulterous affair with Mr Wang,
nor has she ever participated in any bribery scheme.”

Guo has previously come under scrutiny for the veracity of his
claims. For example, he claimed that he bought his New York City
apartment for $82 million, when in reality he paid $67.5 million,

according to The New York Times
.

Business Insider has contacted her lawyer, Andrew Brettler, and
his law firm Lavely & Singer, for further comment. Brettler
told the Mail on Sunday that he had neither heard from Fan nor
her representatives since April.


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Fan had been pursuing a
defamation lawsuit against Guo when she
disappeared.

Gareth Cattermole/Getty
Images


Guo also claimed that Fan had disappeared not because of the tax
evasion accusations, but because someone in the Chinese Communist
Party was trying to attack Wang.

The billionaire told the Mail on Sunday that the tax evasion
accusations were a “smokescreen,” adding: “Firstly, someone is
trying to use Fan Bingbing to get to Wang Qishan. Secondly,
somebody wants to shut Fan up.”

Chinese-language publications have speculated over Fan’s
whereabouts over the past week.

The Chinese arm of
Radio France Internationale
and movie industry site Duowei
News
reported over the weekend that officials in Jiangsu
province were still investigating her case. Hong Kong’s Apple
Daily tabloid
also reported
that Fan had been questioned by authorities,
but was not allowed to leave her house.

Earlier this month China’s state-run Securities Daily reported
that Fan was “under
control, and will accept the legal decision”
that comes from
the tax evasion charges.

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