Do You Know Where X-Men's Fan Bingbing Is?

Fan Bingbing has not been seen in public since July.   Gareth Cattermole  Getty Images

There are now rumours that she has fallen foul of the Chinese authorities, and may even have been arrested and detained for tax evasion.

Fan, who is known in the West for playing Blink in X-Men: Days of Future Past and appearing in I Am Not Madame Bovary, has been at the centre of swirling rumours involving a flit to the United States and being placed "under control" by the Chinese authorities due to her unexplained absence. The 36-year-old actress has not been photographed in public since early May, when she posed on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival for a screening of Ash Is Purest White. Her earnings are on par with - if not more than - Hollywood celebrities, such as Emma Stone, Jennifer Aniston and Jennifer Lawrence.

The latest clue emerged Tuesday after a state-affiliated think tank and Beijing university ranked Fan dead last in their annual "Social Responsibility Report" - she earned a 0 out of 100 - citing her "negative social impact", among other things.

China's state-run Securities Daily said last week that Fan was "under control, and will accept the legal decision", several news outlets reported.

Only nine celebrities scored above 60 in terms of social responsibility, considered a passing grade, and the report said stars should promote "positive energy" and be more mindful they could cause "negative social impact".

Actor Xu Zheng, who starred in hit 2010 Chinese language movie Misplaced On Drag, came in first, scoring seventy eight.08.

Fan's zero score raised eyebrows given that the X-Men actress has not been formally charged or confirmed to be involved in tax evasion.

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They did not specify exactly how they arrived at the results in the test, but said that their findings were based on "research and web-scraping".

One user wrote on Weibo, China's equivalent to Twitter: "What kind of a report is this?"

When Fan was seen on Chinese TV in 2014 with a tube of Blackmores vitamin cream in her handbag, sales of the Australian cream reportedly leapt from 3000 tubes a month to 500,000 a month.

The reports do not say whether Fan is forbidden from acting only in China or also overseas.

Cui Yongyuan, a former presenter for state-run China Central Television (CCTV), posted purported contracts online in May that suggest she had received the payments. Fan has denied wrongdoing and a representative for her studio could not be reached for comment. She was accused this year on social media of signing two copies of a film contract - a practice colloquially dubbed a "yin-yang" agreement, wherein the undervalued version is submitted to tax authorities.

So-called "yin and yang" dual contract arrangements ― with one contract for income declared to tax authorities and another kept secret ― are reportedly used to evade taxes.

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