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Chan says youths should learn from his son's arrest

Publication Date : 21-08-2014


Hong Kong movie star Jackie Chan, an anti-drug ambassador in China, urged Chinese youths to draw lessons from the arrest of his son, Jaycee Chan, on suspicion of taking drugs and to stay away from drugs.

The senior Chan said on his micro blog on Wednesday that he was "extremely angry and extremely shocked" after Jaycee was arrested on suspicion of taking drugs at a house in Beijing owned by the elder Chan.

"As a public figure, I am ashamed. As a father, I feel terrible," he said.

"I have failed to educate my son. I must also take responsibility, and in my son's name take a deep bow and apologise to the public."

He also told his son to take responsibility for his wrongdoing.

The senior Chan, who is a hugely popular star and an advocate for many social programmes and promoted China's bid for the 2008 Summer Olympics, has long been considered a moral model in China.

Jaycee, 32, also a Hong Kong movie star, was detained by police with his friend, Taiwan movie actor Kai Ko, 23, on August 14. They tested positive for marijuana, which is illegal in China. Police also found 100 grams of marijuana at Chan's house.

The new arrests happened amid an anti-drug campaign in Beijing that has led to the downfall of at least six other celebrities this year. Since April, Beijing police have started the anti-drug campaign and arrested almost 1,000 suspected drug dealers and 3,400 drug users.

Taking drugs is considered shameful in China, ever since the Opium Wars of the mid-1800s, a humiliating chapter in the history of modern China. Selling drugs is a serious crime that can lead to the death sentence.

Last week, 42 performance companies and agencies in Beijing issued a declaration to fire actors and actresses who are found to take drugs. Performance companies in Shanghai followed suit on Tuesday after the arrests of Chan and Ko were disclosed.

On Wednesday, the sportswear company Adidas said that it would end its advertising contract with Ko. The US fast-food chain KFC had already severed its contract with him.

Ko got an administrative detention of 15 days. Chan, who acted as host to Ko and in whose house marijuana was found, was believed to have a bigger responsibility and was given criminal detention.


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