30 May 2012 8:10 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Actress Zhang Ziyi is fighting back against reports she was paid millions in exchange for sexual favors with a multitude of Chinese government officials.

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The Hong Kong news outlet Apple Daily is at the center of the story, claiming that Ziyi was unable to promote her upcoming film, Dangerous Liaisons in Cannes because she had been barred from leaving the country while under investigation for a sex scandal linked with China's former Minister of Commerce, Bo Xilai.

The paper alleges that a wealthy associate of the former Chinese official has confessed to paying Zhang nearly a million dollars in 2007 to have sex with her. She is also accused of sleeping with a myriad of other government officials and businessmen for large amounts of cash between 2004 and 2007.

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The actress' rep was quick to release a statement flatly denying the reports as slanderous »

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