Reality show pop star Li Daimo arrested in Beijing on suspicion of drug-related offences

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 19 March, 2014, 2:18pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 March, 2014, 4:28pm

Chinese singer Li Daimo, also known by his English name Demon Li, was arrested in Beijing on Tuesday on suspicion of drug-related offences, according to local media reports.

The Voice of China talent show contestant was escorted by authorities to the city’s Sanlitun police station, where he was questioned on suspicion of taking drugs with a friend in a rented house, Xinhua reported.

The popular singer was released on bail late last night after a urine test found traces of an amphetamine-type substances in his body, Taiwan’s Liberty Times reported.

Local media photographs showed the 25-year-old celebrity as he departed the detention centre, his face hidden by a blue hooded sweatshirt.

Li’s management firm, Bravo Entertainment, subsequently released a statement on microblogging site Weibo apologising to fans and the public and promising not to abandon the singer at this time.

Bravo Entertainment CEO Zhang Yong said that Li would cooperate with the police inquiry.

Originally from the northeastern Heilongjiang Province, Li began singing as a child, using his talents to earn extra pocket money.

After studying vocal training at Shenyang University, the singer stepped into the limelight when he appeared on entertainment talk show Super Access in 2012.

However, his status soared after performing on the Voice of China, an immensely popular reality talent show that first premiered in July 2012.