Jackie Chan’s son Jaycee was released from jail in Beijing on Friday after serving six months for drug charges that came as a result of a raid on his apartment in which Chinese authorities discovered marijuana.
The raid on Jaycee’s apartment came amidst a crackdown in the country on illegal narcotics in the capital.
His Hong Kong-born father isn’t just a known for starring and producing kung fu action movies in China, as he’s also served as the country’s anti-drug ambassador and deputy to the top advisory board to China’s legislature. With regard to the issue with his son, Chan was quoted previously having said that he felt “very angry and very shocked” as well as “very ashamed” and “heartbroken.”
At the time of his sentencing last month, the younger Chan plead guilty to a charge of “sheltering others to use drugs” after the August raid on his home uncovered over 100 grams of cannabis. He was facing a maximum of three years.
His recent release comes in light of time served, as he had been incarcerated since August of last year.
Kai Ko, a Taiwanese movie star, was also arrested in the raid on Chan’s home. Kai, whose real name is Ko Chen-tung was released after a 14-day administrative detention for drug use. Chan’s extended stay came as a result of the more serious crime of “providing a shelter for others to abuse drugs” according to a statement issued by the Beijing police at the time of the incident. Both Chen and Chan tested positive for marijuana.
The official Xinhua news agency indicated that Chan was released, and Chan’s entertainment company confirmed that he was released a few minutes after midnight on Friday, the AP reported via Yahoo News. The report indicated that he had been incarcerated in the city’s Checheng jail.
The statement from the 32-year-old actor and singer’s entertainment company thanked fans and the media for their concern and said that he would hold a news conference this Saturday to “apologize and explain.”
In addition to serving six months in jail, Jaycee was also fined a total of 2,000 yuan, roughly equivalent to $320.
The report in Xinhua indicated that a string of celebrities had been detained on drug- and prostitution-related charges in the country.
Chinese singer Yin Xiangjie was prosecuted in Beijing for possession of drugs on Thursday. The 45-year-old singer was arrested with 13.93 grams of methamphetamine and just over a gram of pot.
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