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Fan Bingbing is back.
the 355 actress, 41, walked the champagne carpet at the Oscars 2023 on Sunday night in a rare appearance since her tax evasion scandal in 2018.
Fan dazzled in a shimmery Tony Ward halter dress and green cape that featured oversized sleeves and a train. Her look was made complete with an old Hollywood-style bob, emerald chandelier earrings and a bold red lip.
the X-Men actress made headlines in September 2018 after she dropped off the radar both in public and on social media, worrying fans who soon began speculating as to her whereabouts.
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She broke a nearly year-long social media silence in February 2019 when she shared several selfies on Instagram and Facebook wishing her followers a happy and healthy Chinese New Year.
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In October 2018, Fan was fined by Chinese tax authorities, Xinhua first reported. According to Bloomberg, Fan and her companies were fined 884 million yuan, which is equivalent to $129 million. The fan was responsible for $70 million of the fines.
She remained off social media but issued a statement on Weibo, a popular Chinese social media platform.
“Recently I have been enduring an unprecedented amount of pain, undergoing deep self-reflection and introspection. I am deeply ashamed and feel guilty for what I have done, and I offer my sincere apologies to everyone,” she began.
The actress said, “I have come to realize that, as a public figure, I should have observed the law, setting a good example for society and the entertainment industry. I shouldn’t have lost the ability to control myself in the face of economic interests, allowing myself to break the law.”
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Fan noted that she committed tax evasion “by taking advantage of ‘yin yang contracts'” (meaning she had one contract with her real salary, and another that had a lesser amount, which she then submitted to tax authorities), and that she accepted the fines.
She continued, “As an actor, I take pride in showing our country’s culture on the global stage, and I do my best to be in the forefront of this. I owe my success to the support of my country and the people. Without the great policies of the [Communist] Party and the state, without the love of the people, there would have been no Fan Bingbing.”
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“I failed my country which nurtured me; I failed the society which trusted me; I failed the fans who loved me,” she wrote. “I offer my sincere apology here once again! I beg for everyone’s forgiveness!”
The Oscars are airing live on ABC.