Zhang Ziyi Accused of Having Sex With Government Officials for Cash

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A Hong Kong newspaper is claiming that actress Zhang Ziyi has earned more than $100 million to open her jasmine flower to high-ranking, deep-pocketed government officials over the past 10 years. Zhang denies the allegations, and a statement from her publicist reads: "We read this outrageous report in the Apple Daily. It sent stone-cold chills down our spines and has left us with a feeling of deep sadness… Friends have advised us to release a short statement and not take this seriously. 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." And:

But this time we don't want to be silent. If we leave these lies to spread, what is completely untrue will be at risk of becoming a half-truth… This time, we are telling those rumor-makers that we will respond. We will prove our side of the story; we'll seek legal justice; we'll find you in the darkest corner and go after you.

The 33-year-old actress's lawyers have demanded an apology and a full retraction. There's obviously something going on behind the scenes here, since the reports involve China's former Minister of Commerce Bo Xilai, who was ousted from his position in March and is being investigated for corruption and abuse of power. How Zhang got dragged into this political scandal is unclear, but meanwhile, she's been barred by the Chinese government from leaving the country — she was supposed to attend the Cannes Film Festival — and she is threatening to sue. As we wait for more information, we'll pass the time counting the really bad crouching tiger, hidden scandal jokes in the reports. [Telegraph, E!, Daily Mail, E!]

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I feel like people may be missing a fairly important element of the Zhang Ziyi story. If it's true, did she actually have much of a choice? I mean, she in theory could have said no, but we're talking about a government that can, for example, prevent her from leaving the country if it wants to (and is currently doing so). So it's not unreasonable to wonder, if this is true, how much of an ability to make a truly free choice she would have had, and how much coercion could have gone into that situation. If the story is true, she was in her early twenties when this started and much more vulnerable to retaliation than she is now, and even now, the government still has the ability to constrain her movements, and we're talking about some of the most powerful members of that government.