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Zhang Ziyi, Chinese actress, wins over website's prostitution claims

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Zhang Ziyi - an award-winning Chinese actress who starred in “Crouching Tiber, Hidden Dragon” – has received an apology from Boxun News which is a United States-based Chinese news agency, according to Yahoo! News on Thursday. Previously, Boxun News asserted that the actress had sex with top Chinese officials in exchange for money and gifts.

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A statement from Boxun News now says that there was no evidence to support its previous claims, and it acknowledges that it did not contact Ziyi before publishing the negative reports against her last year.

Ziyi, 34, reportedly will withdraw her lawsuit against Boxun News – as long as they follow terms of an agreement which has not been disclosed. Her publicist – Raina Falcon - said that the actress is confident that the public apology and retraction made by Boxun proves that the allegations are false. Therefore, according to Falcon, the actress will soon dismiss her lawsuit against Boxun – again – as long as the news agency adheres to the resolution agreement as ordered by the court.

On Tuesday, the publication said it published a serious of articles beginning in May of 2012 which had “negative and untrue information about the actress, including allegations that she had sex with wealthy and powerful men in exchange for money and presents. Boxun News went on to say that these false reports should never have been published, and it apologized to Ziyi saying that it regrets the publication of the articles and any distress it may have caused the actress. Boxun News now says that the reports were based on information provided to them by anonymous sources which cannot support the information that was reported. They also admit that Ziyi was not given the opportunity to respond to and refute the allegations of prostitution prior to publishing the articles.

The actress has been nominated for a best actress Golden Globe for her 2005 movie, “Memoirs of a Geisha.” Additionally, she has had more than 25 nominations and 20 wins in awards ceremonies around the globe. Her United States’ film releases include “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” “Rush Hour,” and “House of Flying Daggers.”

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