"I am unworthy of the trust of the society and let down the fans who love me"
A film starring Fan Bingbing and Bruce Willis has been cancelled due to Fan’s tax evasion scandal.
According to Tristate, Air Strike director Xiao Feng has confirmed that the film has been cancelled following Fan Bingbing‘s tax scandal.
Air Strike starred Fan, Bruce Willis and Adrien Brody. The World War II thriller was set to be released on 26 October.
In a post on Weibo Feng said it was “time to let go” despite spending eight years working on the film.
Fan had originally denied tax evasion allegations following a probe by Chinese authorities. The X-Men: Days Of Future Past actress then disappeared from social media amid tax probe rumours. Fan was eventually convicted and fined $130 million for tax offences.
Tax authorities had suspected Fan was using a fraudulent dual-contract system to evade taxes, in which the actress would sign different contracts for the same job but for different fees. The lower fee contract would be submitted to the authorities.
Fan posted an apology on her official Weibo, accepting the tax authorities’ decision. She said she would “try [her] best to overcome all difficulties and raise funds to pay back taxes and fines.”
“I am unworthy of the trust of the society and let down the fans who love me,” she wrote.