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  • Dec 21, 2014
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‘It’s my fault’: Jackie Chan tells of his shame at the drug arrest of son Jaycee

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 21 August, 2014, 4:44am
UPDATED : Thursday, 21 August, 2014, 6:08pm

A "furious and shocked" Jackie Chan said he blamed himself after his son was caught in one of the mainland's highest-profile drug busts in years.

Writing on his Weibo microblog, the Hong Kong action film star admitted he had not been a good enough parent to Jaycee Chan, 32, adding: "I'm very furious and very much in shock".

The message, to his more than 22 million followers on China's answer to Twitter, was the first comment by Chan since the drugs raid that snared 32-year-old Jaycee - better known as Jaycee Fong Cho-ming - along with Taiwanese acting heartthrob Ko Chen-tung.

"As a public figure, I'm ashamed," said Jackie Chan, who in 2009 was appointed as Beijing's anti-drug ambassador.

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"As a father, I'm in pain. His mother is heartbroken. [I] hope youngsters will take Cho-ming's lesson seriously and stay away from drugs."

Jaycee Chan and actor Ko, 23, were detained on August 14 when they were caught smoking marijuana at a foot massage parlour in Beijing.

Ko, also known as Kai Ko, received a 14-day administrative detention, while Chan was put under criminal detention on suspicion of "providing shelter for others to abuse drugs".

Police recovered more than 100 grams of marijuana from the home reportedly belonging to Jackie Chan in Beijing. Mainland media reported that Jaycee Chan admitted that he first abused drugs in the Netherlands in 2006, while Ko did it for the first time in Jaycee's home two years ago.

A video of the police's raid on Jackie Chan's home was shown on state television channel CCTV on Tuesday, together with Ko's tearful confession.

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"Here, I'm telling Cho-ming: take responsibility for the mistakes you make. As your father, I'm willing to face the future with you," wrote Chan, who turned 60 in April. "Lastly, I did not teach my son well. I'm taking my responsibility and together with Cho-ming, we take a deep bow and offer our apology to society and members of the public."

His publicist refused to comment on reports he was trying to get his son out of detention in Beijing.

The Weibo post received more than 40,000 responses within 26 minutes of appearing on his feed. Many fans comforted the star, but some criticised Chan for neglecting his son because of his busy showbiz life.

"You really should reflect if you are not aware of this [drugs problem] after so many years," wrote one internet user.

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sipsip1238
If his son is any form of a man, he shouldn't even require his dad to come out and take the blame.
How is it his fault that his son took drugs, even if it is pot, which is mild. His son is a freaken adult, if he goes out and makes his own mistakes, he should be enough of a man to take responsibility instead of asking his dad for help.
hm03
smoking marijuana at a foot massage parlour in Beijing?!??!
In the open public? What a dumbasre. He deserves it for being so stupid.
Personally I know people who smokes on rare occasions and I am OK with it....but geez..given how sensitive drugs are in Asia, especially China, you'll think they'll know better.
Complete dumbf*ck. He deserves it.
daily
Time for Jackie to cut the son's allowance...............that should help.
ann.wei.121
Come on, ten of thousands of youth are taking grass everyday in the capital city., Cho-Ming is just a scape goat, this is no ordinary drug bust. It is a lesson to the old man.
mcheung
I am no fan of Jackie, but give him a break. His son is 32 years old, and was 24, on his own admission, when he first started taking marijuana. He was an "Adult" then, and fully capable of making his own decision and destiny.
reggiedog
A marijuana cigarette! They make this kid sound like Professor Moriarity. Both Obama and Bush, Jr. were recreational cocaine users. And Jackie is lucky China doesn't prosecute recreational sex (as it did not long ago).
kenmcmanus
Even if your list of benefits is true, you don't understand the ins and outs of life in China. First, Jaycee's dad was named an anti-drug campaign spokesman in China, so that's a factor. Second, the government would never allow recreational drug use of even cannabis in China. And third -- and probably most important -- Jaycee will get off with a slap on the wrist because either Dad is who he is or someone will be bribed. That, too, is life in China.
jenny@asian-emphasis.com
Some people want to blame the democrats for everything that does on. This has nothing to do with democracy.
aplucky1
yes jackie it is your fault
you are a horrible father and a mediocre actor
and a top notch anti drug ambassador , how did you garner such an accolade ?
peterbc
but if he had been smoking a cigarette this would not be news. meanwhile tobacco has killed more people than all illegal drugs combined many times over. but cannabis which has killed probably nobody is illegal and in some countries carries the death penalty. what's that about?

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