Press Trust of India
May 31, 2012 18:41 IST
China's top film star Zhang Ziyi of
Rush Hour fame today refuted allegations that she had sexual
relationship with disgraced politician Bo Xilai.
Zhang, 32, who became famous with Hollywood movies like
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Rush Hour 2 and Memoirs
of Geisha, said she visited Hong Kong this week to prove that
she has not been barred from leaving Chinese mainland because
of the scandal, the South China Morning Post reported.
The Beijing-born actress has issued an angry rebuttal on
her Sina microblog of allegations that she was paid to have
sex with Bo under an arrangement made by Xu Ming, a tycoon and
one of Bo's close allies.
Zhang said she met her lawyers to discuss possible legal
action against a Hong Kong based tabloid, which first
published the story based on a report from a news website.
"This news is a complete lie. Both within the article and
between the lines, there were contemptuous lies. I met with my
lawyers in Hong Kong and clearly expressed my position.
Whatever the cost, I will seek legal recourse and pursue this
matter to the very end," Zhang said.
Bo remains under investigation by the Communist Party's
anti-graft watchdog, the Central Commission for Discipline
Inspection - for "serious disciplinary violations". He was
removed from his post as Chongqing party chief in March. Xu is
also thought to be the subject of an investigation by
Beijing is yet to announce its verdict in the Bo
A report on the website alleged that Zhang began sleeping
with Bo in 2007, for which she was paid 10 million yuan,
(About USD 1.60 million) and that their relationship lasted
until last year.
Zhang is also accused of making 700 million yuan (USD 111
million) by sleeping with senior mainland officials and
businessmen, including Xu in the same report.