Zhang Ziyi at 12th Chinese Film Media Awards in Haikou
The China Post news staff–Zhang Ziyi appeared at the 12th Chinese Film Media Awards in mainland China's Hainan Province, yesterday, but did not make any comments on the recent damaging reports implicating her in one of China's biggest political controversies.
Zhang thanked the organizer for picking her as an ambassador of the media awards and briefly recounted her acting career but made no mention of the reports.
The Chinese actress issued earlier yesterday a lawyer's letter to the Apple Daily in Hong Kong, asking it to apologize for publishing falsified reports on her alleged “interactions” with Bo Xilai, the disgraced Chongqing City Party boss, before the end of office hours yesterday or face legal actions.
The lawyer's letter – which was posted on Zhang's microblog — stated that the reports by Apple Daily had undermined Zhang's reputation, and therefore the daily newspaper should extend its official apology to her or she will take legal actions against them.
One night earlier, Zhang's official microblog also posted an open letter claiming that she would take legal means to safeguard herself from being harmed by falsified reports published by the Apple Daily and other news media.
It seems that Zhang has decided not to keep mum about the unfavorable reports, although many friends have allegedly asked her to stay silent. “If lies are allowed to keep rolling on, any false allegation would be deemed true,” Zhang noted in the open letter.
The U.S.-based Chinese-language news website Boxun, the Apple Daily (published in Hong Kong and Taiwan), and other Chinese-language media recently reported that the 32-year-old Chinese actress had slept with Bo at least 10 times between 2007 and 2011.
Zhang was allegedly under investigation by the Chinese government for being paid to have "interactions” with Bo, who was removed from his powerful political position after coming under investigation in the wake of the incident involving Wang Lijung,a former Chongqing vice mayor. Wang allegedly defected to the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu City of Sichuan Province in February.
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