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Everyone would do best to beware the fury of the star of "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon."
Zhang Ziyi has vehemently denied the recent reports that claim she was missing from this year's Cannes Film Festival because she's under investigation for prostitution, according to Entertainment Tonight.
The Hong Kong news outlet Apple Daily is at the center of the story, which says that Ziyi was involved in lucrative sexual transactions with China's former Minister of Commerce, Bo Xilai, and several other political bigwigs introduced to her by Xu Ming, the founder and chairman of the Dailian Shide Group. The reports claim that these "meetings" earned Ziyi over $100 million from 2004 to 2007.
Ziyi's rep was quick to respond, promising swift legal action against the publication for their "lies" and demanding a complete retraction of their story.
"Zhang Ziyi has been busy working day and night on the set of 'The Grandmasters,'" they explain of her absence from Cannes. "We will seek justice for Zhang Ziyi by taking legal action against Apple Daily and against any other media publishing these false reports."
This is all rather … well, insane, no? And really, raising the ire of the star of "Hero," "House of Flying Daggers" and a bunch of other martial arts films is rather ill-advised. Though we expect the "Memoirs of a Geisha" jokes will now commence with fervor.
Ziyi's latest film, the somewhat appropriately titled (and themed) "Dangerous Liaisons," premiered earlier this month at the Cannes Film Festival.