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Jackie Chan heads to Beijing to help son Jaycee after marijuana arrest

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 19 August, 2014, 11:11am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 20 August, 2014, 8:43am

Hong Kong superstar Jackie Chan has travelled to Beijing in a bid to help his son Jaycee, following the 32-year-old's arrest on drugs charges.

Police said they had found more than 100 grams of marijuana at the younger Chan's home.

In the latest high-profile arrest during one of China's biggest anti-drug crackdowns in decades, Chan was held on Thursday, along with 23-year-old Taiwanese movie star Ko Chen-tung, Beijing police said.

Police said both actors had tested positive for marijuana and admitted using the drug, and that 100 grams of it were taken from Chan’s home.

Watch: Jackie Chan's son Jaycee Chan arrested over drug charges

Talent agency M'Stones, which represents Chan – who is also known as Fang Zuming – confirmed he had been held but said the company lawyer could not reach him. A statement from M'Stones apologised for the impact on society his arrest had had, and said it would work with Fong to return him to the "righteous path".

READ: Jackie Chan's son Jaycee faces being 'detained for six months'

Jackie Chan has travelled to Beijing to deal with his son's case, according to his publicist.

Several celebrities have been detained on drug charges following a declaration in June by President Xi Jinping that illegal drugs should be wiped out and that offenders would be severely punished. In Beijing alone, more than 7,800 people have been caught in the crackdown, police said.

Chinese state broadcaster CCTV aired footage of a police search of the younger Chan’s home in Beijing in which he is depicted, his face pixelated, showing officers where he stashed bags of marijuana. Police said they acted on a tip-off from the public.

Chan is accused of accommodating drug users, an offence that carries a maximum sentence of three years’ imprisonment – a far more serious charge than that of drug consumption. Two other people detained in the same case were accused of selling drugs, while Ko is accused of drug consumption.

China named Jackie Chan an anti-drug ambassador in 2009. Ko, the Taiwanese star, was part of an anti-drug campaign two years ago, CCTV reported, showing footage of the campaign in which he joins other celebrities in a chorus declaring: “I don’t use drugs.”

On Tuesday, Ko was shown on CCTV, his face pixelated, tearfully apologising to his fans and family.

“I feel very regretful, very sorry to all the people who support me ... I’ve been a very bad example, I’ve made a very big mistake,” Ko said.

Ko starred in the Taiwanese hit movie You Are the Apple of My Eye, which earned critical acclaim and instant fame for the actor.

Watch: Detained Taiwanese actor Ko Chen-tung confesses on China state TV

Angie Chai, owner of Taiwan-based talent agency Star Ritz to which Ko belongs, said in a statement she regretted Ko’s mistake and that the agency apologised.

“I almost collapsed when I heard this,” Chai said. “We are family of Ko’s career, but we have been neglecting his life education through out his career development. We hope and expect him to have self-discipline, but it turned out he made a bad mistake. He has set a very bad example [...] We have full responsibility for Ko.”

Illegal drug use has ballooned in China in recent decades, after being virtually eradicated following the 1949 communist revolution. Narcotics began to reappear with the loosening of social controls in the late 1980s.

In more recent years, rising wealth and greater personal freedoms have been accompanied by a growing popularity of methamphetamines and the party drugs Ecstasy and ketamine. They are often bought on social media forums and consumed in nightclubs, leading to periodic police crackdowns.

It has been reported that Jackie Chan has invested in land, property and in the film industry in China, as well as promoting mainland charities. Jaycee Chan has played some important roles in mainland-produced films, such as The Ideal City directed by famous writer Hanhan in 2012.

The father and son duo have landed some lucrative advertising contracts in the mainland, too. In August 2008, they represented Yuan Ye tea brand launched by Coca-Cola.

In the past six months, several entertainment artists have been arrested for drug use, including mainland singer Li Daimo, director Zhang Yuan, actor Zhang Mo and screen writer Ning Caishen. In July, Hong Kong actor Roy Cheung was also arrested for using marijuana.

Last Wednesday, forty-two artist management agencies signed an anti-drug agreement with local police in Beijing, claiming that they would refuse to hire artists who used drugs in the future, in a bid by authorities to tackle drug-use within the entertainment industry.

One Beijing-based director said that he was investing in a film which was considering using Kai Ko as the lead actor. “We can no longer hire him, since he’s now been arrested for drug use,” he said.

“However, the anti-drug agreement contains discrimination. It should not become the only rule to deny an actor’s talents and chances,” he added, preferring not to be named.

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53f4b7db-0788-429e-98f6-08d80a3209ca
both 23 n 32 r adults they should know how to be responsible for their own actions. breaking the law of a country is no small matter though many might says that doing soft drugs r no big deal. so to everyone out there don't do anything that u cannot take responsibility of. n think of the one who loves u how much pain these boys inflict on their family n friends. let it be a worthy lesson learned. u may be blessed upon birth but how u lead ur life is what makes u a worthy person,
tsthk
Smoking marijuana, although an illegal substance in most parts of the world, is not such a big deal, including in China.
However, now is not a great time to be getting caught, and having the right connections may not be much help. It looks as though police wanted to set an example with Jaycee, making the arrest such a public affair by releasing the arrest video etc..
I'm sure it was no accident that they arrested Jacky Chan's son. What a great way to send out their message.
Not sure Jaycee will get off so lightly (although the 3 year max seems a bit harsh).
53f389d2-c2d4-43ab-a941-52c30a3209cb
well,perversely,message here smoking weed is cool,since cool movie stars are doing it..jaycee n chen-tung r idols of zillion teens and youth.doubt much this drug bust will be a deterrent message, most people know smoking dope can be a serious eff..up if busted in China, but au contraire cool dudes like them smoke weed...no big deal ,
scmpgt
I want to see a new Police story movie. Jackie Chan as a communist cop, Jaycee plays his son as the cocaine addict.
oxymoron13
Given the benefit of the doubt that Jackey Chan's godlike power has the ability to perform wonders, the moment he sets foot in China to meet with people in high places, any silver linings or "stardom persuasiveness" he might have would dissipate in light speed the moment he opens his inarticulate motor mouth.
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Remember his Controversy with “I Want Countries to Have Disasters” Comment? That was just one of his many stupid rhetorics and ranting and lets just say talking isn't his forte. I wish he had a PR with him to do all the negotiating and keep his mouth shut because nothing good ever comes out of that puny brain of his except having the ability to calculate trajectory of falling and coordinate monkey moves. His son's freedom rests on Jackey's willingness to exert self-control that is often defeated by his self-inflated ego.
oxymoron13
Pre Xi Jinping era, both could get away with it with the proper bribe, hands down! Now with the massive and determined high profile great purges, no strings pulling would get mini Chan out of this mess. His fate is sealed after his video arrest went viral. Maybe his sentence would be reduced under the table if China forces Jackie Chan to condemn his son in front of the world, cruel as it may sound but it's something what the communists are capable of doing.
lamlm38
Jackie will come out of this more 'patriotic' than before :)
mkhel
Tobacco and alcohol is far more dangerous than recreational use of marijuana. This should not be a criminal offense. Several states in the US (eg, Oregon) now legalize soft drugs
53f4b7db-0788-429e-98f6-08d80a3209ca
no matter how petty a crime it is u should obey by the law of the country u r in. if u can't control the urge of doing soft drug stay in a country that allows it. in Singapore u r not allow to chew gums so that's the law so what's the comparison? so u think all countries should follow the US law??? look at Justin Bieber he must be a role model to u doing drugs getting into trouble n the law doesn't catch up with him.
cj21356772@yahoo.com
In China, everything is different.This is a law problem but a health issue.

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