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Jackie Chan's son Jaycee, Taiwanese actor Kai Ko arrested in Beijing drug bust

Jaycee, the son of Hong Kong movie star Jackie Chan, has been arrested in Beijing after testing positive for marijuana. He has been detained with his friend, Taiwanese actor Ko Chen-tung.

HONG KONG: Jaycee, the son of Hong Kong movie star Jackie Chan, has been arrested in Beijing after testing positive for marijuana. He has been detained with his friend, Taiwanese actor Ko Chen-tung.

News of the arrests created quite a stir in Hong Kong's entertainment circle. Jaycee and Ko join a growing list of celebrities from the mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan who have been arrested over the past two years in Beijing's widening campaign against illegal drug use targeting celebrities.

Both Jaycee and Ko have confessed to taking the drug and are in custody. Police seized more than 100 grams of marijuana from Mr Chan's home. Also known as Fang Zuming, Jaycee is a popular actor and pop star on the mainland.

His father Jackie Chan has a very high profile in China. The elder Chan is a businessman, philanthropist and a member of China's top political advisory body. He has not commented on his son's arrest.

Mr Ko, also known as Kai Ko, is a rising star. He has won Taiwan's Golden Horse Award for best actor in the 2011 box-office hit "You Are the Apple of My Eye".

On Tuesday, China's state broadcaster CCTV aired pixelated footage showing Jaycee and Mr Ko being interrogated by police about drug possession. It also showed Mr Ko repeatedly sniffling and crying as he delivered an apology to his friends and family for using drugs.

"So I want to say sorry to them. I let them down and I am a bad influence on them. I am a bad influence on the youth in the society. I really want to say to them that this is wrong. I am really sad," said Mr Ko.

Individuals under criminal detention in China can be held in custody for a maximum of 37 days, after which they will have to be charged or released.
 

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