Jackie Chan apologises for his son

Last Updated 20 August 2014, 15:54 IST

Hollywood superstar star Jackie Chan today apologised for his son's involvement in a drug abuse case that led to his arrest here in the Chinese capital.

Expressing shock and rage over Jaycee Chan's act, Jackie said in a statement that his son was wrong and should face the consequences while holding himself also responsible as father, state-run CRI Radio reported.

Jaycee, 32 also known as Fang Zuming, was arrested in his house while having drugs along with Ko Chen-tung, 23, a movie star from Taiwan besides others.

They were caught possessing marijuana and have both confessed their crime, according to police.

Police have said that they confiscated more than 100 grams of marijuana from Chan's residence who is facing charges for using drugs as well as allowing others to use them at his home.

Jackie who was appointed as goodwill Ambassador for the China National Anti-Drug Committee in 2009 apologised for his son's action.

Two others including assistant as a drug dealer were held in the case.

The arrests were made in Beijing's Dongcheng district last Thursday after the police received reports from local residents.

According to Chinese law, those involved in providing locations for others to take drugs face sentences of up to three year in prison. The crime of transporting, manufacturing or trafficking drugs can be the death penalty.

It is a double blow for Jackie, known world over as the Kungfu superstar, as he was appointed as goodwill Ambassador for the China National Anti-Drug Committee in 2009 to promote anti-drug education in the country.

He was honoured by the ruling Chinese Communist Party last year  with membership in its elite advisory legislative body, the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, in recognition of his achievements.

Jaycee's agent, M'stones International also apologised on his behalf, Police said.

Drug use among Chinese celebrities has become a hot topic this year as a number of TV and film stars having been arrested. Since January, more than 7,800 people have been detained for taking drugs in Beijing, an increase of about 72 per cent year-on-year, Police said.

(Published 20 August 2014, 15:53 IST)

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