The friend confided to People Magazine:
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Looks like Zhang Ziyi isn't taking these prostitution rumors lightly!
According to various reports circulating the web, The Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon actress was allegedly paid millions of dollars for an Indecent Proposal-type deal with Chinese politician Bo Xilai and others between 2004-2007!
But now, she and her publicist are not only speaking out to deny it all, but they want an apology from the website on which the report originated!
"We read this outrageous report in the Apple Daily. It sent stone-cold chills down our spines and has left us with a feeling of deep sadness. Friends have advised us to release a short statement and not take this seriously. The more you argue, the more you will stir up. It would be better to step aside until people lose interest and the lies disappear. The innocent will always be innocent. We just want to help her get rid of this disturbance and seek justice. Then she will be able to shoot her films in peace and quiet and present you, her fans, with more and better films in return."
Aww! It sounds like she is really taking this to heart!
Don't worry, gurl! We have no idea if it's true, but if it's not, we're sure this will all fizzle away very soon!
Just try and stay strong in the meantime!
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