Zhang Ziyi is one of the biggest actresses in China, but here in the US, she’s mostly known for her role in the international hit, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. She also played the innocent role of Chiyo in Memoirs of a Geisha, and rumor has it Zhang has been living a little of that geisha lifestyle in real life.
According to a story on Boxun.com, a Chinese-language site operated here in the United States, since 2007 Zhang has been paid $1.6 million (10 million yuan) to carry on a sexual relationship with Chinese politician Bo Xilai, and that’s not all. The Chinese actress is said to have raked in a total of $100 million from sexual liaisons with multiple high-ranking, well-paid government officials over the past 10 years. About $28M in cash is said to have come from billionaire Xu Ming who is a business associate of Bo Xilai and reportedly pimped her out to two other high-level officials as well. Who would’ve thought?
Zhang is obviously not happy about this news and she and her lawyers have demanded a full retraction of the story, along with an apology.
“We read this outrageous report in the [Hong Kong newspaper] Apple Daily,” her publicist said. “It sent chills down our spines and has left us with deep sadness.
“Friends have advised us to release a short statement and not take this seriously,” Zhang’s publicist continued. “The more you argue, the more you will stir up. It would be better to step aside until people lose interest and the lies disappear. The innocent will always be innocent.”
The stories are still very much online, but posts about an investigation surrounding these sexual liaisons, including the rumor that Zhang is currently not allowed to leave the country, are being removed. The actress was noticeably absent from the recent Cannes Film Festival, despite the premiere of her latest film, ironically titled, Dangerous Liaisons, which only fueled rumors about her not being able to leave the country. If that part of the story isn’t true, it’s possible that none of it is. But if Zhang really does get down like this, she’s fooled everybody with her innocent charm.
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