Paul Mooney reports from Beijing. But in China, where many believe that liaisons like this are just part of doing business, few eyebrows were raised by the allegations. Industry sources have also expressed doubts about the news, saying that the wealthy actress, who has starred in a number of Chinese and foreign blockbusters, including Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Rush Hour, and Memoirs of a Geisha, would have little need to trade her body for cash.
Zhang explained to the media that she was busy working on her next film and thus could not attend the event. The once powerful princeling, who is under investigation for violating party discipline, was dismissed as party chief of Chongqing in March and dropped from the Politburo a month later. His wife, Gu Kailai, is reportedly suspected to be responsible for the murder of a British businessman in November.
In recent months, a steady stream of scandals surrounding the Bo family has been leaked to the Western media—most likely by his political opponents. Film-industry sources say that the Chinese actress has offended a number of people, anyone of whom could have been the source for the unsubstantiated rumors.
Still, many Chinese say they believed the story of sexual liaisons. She says a decade ago she was able to purchase an apartment on her modest salary as a young journalist. Cheat Sheet A speedy, smart summary of all the news you need to know and nothing you don't. You are now subscribed to the Daily Digest and Cheat Sheet. We will not share your email with anyone for any reason. Meanwhile high-level officials and wealthy businessmen see beautiful young women as status symbols to be conquered.
Yu says further that wealthy businessmen can be quite persistent. Yu tells of a wealthy Chinese businessman who apparently invested in a TV drama just so he could get close to the actresses. There are no beliefs and nothing is revered. Perhaps in response to this kind of attitude, several prominent universities have drafted new regulations that prohibit female students from becoming mistresses—the punishment is being expelled from school.
Writer Zhang Lijia, the author of Socialism is Great! If they can sell their body, why not?