Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi has sued Hong Kong’s leading newspaper the Apple Daily and its sister weekly Next Magazine over reports that she prostituted herself with senior Chinese officials.
The “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” star signed the suit presented to the Hong Kong High Court on Monday, saying the reports were “seriously defamatory” and “false”.
An article in Apple Daily on May 29 said Zhang “is a prostitute” and had sex with disgraced top official Bo Xilai and his wealthy associate Xu Ming for money on “numerous occasions”, the court document said.
Apple Daily, a Chinese-language newspaper known for racy celebrity gossip and strong criticism of the Chinese communist authorities.
The story was removed from the newspaper’s website after Zhang threatened to sue last month.
Bo was sacked from his post as boss of Chongqing city in March and then suspended from China’s powerful central politburo for “serious discipline violation” — code for corruption. He has not been seen since.
His wife, Gu Kailai, is in custody under suspicion of ordering the murder of a British businessman.
Zhang also denied Apple Daily’s assertion that she was now under investigation by Chinese authorities and was barred from leaving China.
Apple Daily and Next Magazine are owned by Hong Kong entrepreneur Jimmy Lai’s Next Media.
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