The lawyer of Chinese actress Bai Baihe has refuted online rumours that she was caught shoplifting, reported China Daily.
An unverified claim had said that the 30-year-old Bai was caught stealing items at a luxury goods boutique on Jul 1 in Shanghai.
This piece of news was disseminated to many websites by an anonymous source, said China Daily.
Some online sites even added to the false information that the actress had a prior conviction history on theft.
The lawyer issued a statement saying this rumour is just a malicious fabrication and has brought great mental anguish to Bai.
It also said that the websites and outlets which have been spreading this false piece of news should make a public apology to the actress, added China Daily.
Bai is best known for her role in a 2011 romantic-comedy, Love is Not Blind.