Zhang Ziyi, the gorgeous "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" star, is none too pleased with the international press right now. And, hey, we can't blame her.
Last month, a story popped up on the US-based Chinese-language site Boxun.com, which was then picked up by Hong Kong's Apple Daily and other outlets, alleging that the actress had received a whopping $110 million to have sex with former Chinese politician Bo Xilai, as well as other unnamed government officials.
Just in case you're not up-to-speed on international politics, Bo XIlai was suspended in April on suspicions of serious disciplinary infractions, and his wife, Gu Kailai, is currently under investigation for the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood. In other words, these two make Amanda Bynes look put together.
But Zhang Ziyi is striking back—with a lawsuit, of course. According to Deadline, attorneys for the actress filed a complaint in the High Court of Hong Kong yesterday, saying the actress has suffered "immense grievance and distress." Yeah, we can see that. She's not stopping there, however. A suit was also filed in the U.S. in which Ziyi is seeking unspecified damages. (Though something tells us they're a lot.)
Apple Daily Ltd and Next Magazine Publishing Ltd and their editors were named in the suits.
We'll have to wait and see how this legal drama plays out, but in the meantime, it's clear what Ziyi's feelings are. At the Chinese Film Media Awards on May 30, Ziyi told reporters, “The news is absolutely a rumor, filled with smears and slander. I have discussed it with my attorney in Hong Kong… I will seek legal action to follow it up at any cost." If she makes good on her word, this is gearing up to have all the drama of her films—without the ticket cost.