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Zhang Ziyi files defamation lawsuit

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon star Zhang Ziyi has filed lawsuits in Hong Kong and the U.S. after two media outlets reported that the actress received 700 million yuan ($110 million) to have sex with high-ranking Chinese government leaders, according to a Bloomberg report.

Zhang is suing Apple Daily Ltd. and Next Magazine Publishing Ltd. for defamation after the outlets ran stories in May that alleged that she was paid to have sex with suspended Politburo member Bo Xilai and “unnamed high government officials” over a 10 year period. The actress reportedly suffered “immense grievance and distress” over the publications’ allegations and is currently seeking unspecified libel damages and an injunction to prevent re-publication of the articles.

The suit also denies than Zhang was barred from leaving China and questioned as part of the government’s investigation into Bo, who was suspended from the Politburo following his alleged involvement in a murder case.

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