Fan Bingbing Sues Tycoon over Claims She Slept with China’s Anti-Graft Chief

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Chinese actress Fan Bingbing has sued fugitive billionaire Guo Wengui after he sensationally claimed she slept with China’s anti-corruption chief Wang Qishan.

In recent months, Guo has made some extraordinary allegations of corruption and sleaze at the top ranks of the ruling Communist party.

His accusations have been a thorn in the side of the party as it prepares for its 19th Congress this autumn where President Xi Jinping seeks re-election to another five-year term.

The lawsuit by Fan comes amid a sustained and coordinated Chinese government campaign to discredit Guo since it requested an Interpol red notice to be issued in April and declared him a criminal suspect.

Fan, one of the world’s best-paid Chinese actresses, has hired American lawyers to pursue a defamation suit in the wake of the allegations.

Guo claimed Fan and several other female celebrities had sex with 69-year-old Wang, one of the most feared men in the country.

He even alleged he had watched parts of a sex tape of Fan and the official.

Following that, Fan, best known to international viewers for her role in X-Men: Days of Future Past, issued a furious response.

She said Guo’s allegation was a “fabrication” and “malicious slander” that had “severely damaged” her reputation.

Fan is in a relationship with fellow film star Li Chen.

She demanded that Guo and “relevant platforms” stop spreading the accusations and hired Lavely & Singer, a Los Angeles law firm, to prepare a lawsuit.

Another Chinese actress, Xu Qing, has also vowed to sue Guo if he refuses to apologise or delete relevant posts.

There is a long-standing tradition in China of trying to smear party bosses by accusing them of having affairs with celebrity actresses.

Guo, a real estate magnate, fled China in 2014. He lives in a luxury Fifth Avenue apartment overlooking Manhattan’s Central Park.

Reuters