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Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi caught up in Bo Xilai prostitution scandal


Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi, whom gringos will best remember as the spoiled kung fu girl from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, is being accused of prostituting herself out to plenty of high-powered Chinese men, netting profits in excess of $98 million. And wouldn't you know it, there's some political intrigue involved, too.

The U.K.'s Daily Mail says one of her clients may have been Bo Xilai, the disgraced politician embroiled in a scandal over possible involvment in the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood. The 33-year-old Zhang allegedly had sex with Bo in Beijing at least 10 times between 2007 and 2011, for about $1.5 million each time. The deal was allegedly arranged by Chinese businessman Xu Ming, who got away with paying her only $1 million per meetup.

Zhang is denying the claims, saying people's imaginations are running wild, but the Chinese government has refused to let the Memoirs of a Geisha star leave the country while it investigates. She was unable to attend the Cannes Film Festival to promote a remake of Dangerous Liaisons, which is ironic, since that's the kind of thing that's apparently gotten her into this mess.

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[Last modified: Thursday, May 31, 2012 4:27pm]


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