Hollywood martial arts star Jackie Chan’s son was released here today after serving a six-month jail term for drug related offences.
Jaycee Chan, 32, a movie and television actor, was arrested from his residence in August last year along with 23-year-old Taiwanese movie star Ko Chen-tung for housing others to take drugs.
Both the actors had tested positive for marijuana and admitted to having used the drug.
Police had recovered 117.7 grams of marijuana from a bedroom in Jaycee’s house.
While Ko was released after 14 days of detention, Jaycee was sentenced to six months in prison and fined 2,000 yuan (USD 326) for drug offences by the Dongcheng District People’s Court in Beijing on January 9.
Earlier, Jackie expressed shame over his son’s involvement in a drug case and said he did not use his political influence in China to bail him out as he hoped that Jaycee would one day become an anti-drug ambassador like him.
Jackie, an influential member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) has apologised on behalf of his son and publicly admonished him.
His son’s arrest turned out as a major embarrassment for him as he held the post of a goodwill Ambassador for the China National Anti-Drug Committee in 2009, promoting anti-drug education in the country.
China has detained a string of celebrities on drug-related and prostitution charges.
Yesterday popular Chinese singer Yin Xiangjie was prosecuted in Beijing for possession of drugs.
The Beijing Trade Association for Performances said in September that it would not hire any stars involved in drug abuse or prostitution.
Sixteen Chinese production companies also pledged not to hire stars involved in prostitution, drugs or gambling.