It was just a day ago that The Inquisitr had reported about the arrest of Jackie Chan's son Jaycee Chan. The junior Chan was arrested after he was found to be in possession of large amounts of Marijuana. Jaycee Chan, 31, who is also an actor, was caught with his Taiwanese actor-friend, 23-year-old Kai Ko from an apartment in the Dongcheng district of China. Chan faces the charge of "hosting others to take drugs." This is an offense that carries a three-year term in China, in case he is convicted.
Jackie Chan, who had been following a stoic silence following the arrest of his son, has now spoken up about it. In fact, Chan has come up with a strongly worded "open letter" to his fans in which he apologizes on behalf of his son for his conduct. The open letter was posted on to Jackie Chan's official website in both Chinese and English – considering the nature of Chan's large, multi-national fan base. The letter by Jackie Chan urges the youth to stay away from drugs while admitting that he could have done more to prevent his son from ending up like this. The letter also says that the person most hurt by Jaycee's actions was his mother, Jackie Chan's wife, Ling Feng-jiao.
Here is the complete excerpt of the statement by Jackie Chan;
First of all, I'd like to thank everyone for your care and concerns. The recent news about my son, Jaycee, is very shocking and the impact it has caused on society is heartbreaking. When I first heard the news, I was absolutely enraged. As a public figure, I feel very ashamed; as his dad, I'm very sad and disappointed. But the person who feels heartbroken the most is his mom. I hope our younger generation will learn from Jaycee's mistake and stay far away from drug abuse. I would like to take this opportunity and say to Jaycee: you've done something wrong and you have to be responsible for the consequences. I'm your dad and I'll always be with you. We will face the road ahead of us together. I should also take some of this responsibility because as his dad, I didn't teach him well. Therefore, on behalf of Jaycee and myself, I extend our deepest apologies to everyone for the negative impact this has caused on society. Thank you.While TMZ has termed the letter "bizarre," don't you think it is commendable on the part of Jackie Chan being open and frank about his feelings about this issue? Let us hope this letter prevents many future, prospective drug abusers to stay away from it.
Did Jackie Chan do the right thing in being open about his son's arrest?
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