Channel NewsAsia

Jaycee Chan’s manager: He didn’t betray his friends

The manager of actor Jaycee Chan, said in a Facebook post on Friday (Aug 22) that Chan, who was recently arrested in a Beijing drug bust, did not betray his friends and implicate them in the case.

BEIJING: The manager of actor Jaycee Chan, said in a Facebook post on Friday (Aug 22) that Chan, who was recently arrested in a Beijing drug bust on Aug 14, did not betray his friends and implicate them in the case.

Earlier media reports had claimed that Chinese authorities had pieced together a list containing the names of about 120 celebrities who are drug users, based on Chan's confession and footage from security cameras at Chan's residence.

Beijing police have denied on Friday (Aug 22) that such a list exists.

“It pains me to see all these media reports saying that you betrayed your friends … and see you made to shoulder all the blame,” wrote Jaycee Chan’s manager.

In his lengthy Facebook post, Chan’s manager also revealed that Chan’s parents, action star Jackie Chan and former-actress Lin Feng-jiao, have been “so worried that they couldn’t sleep” and “shed a lot of tears” for their son these past days.

Jaycee Chan, in turn, had kept asking about how his friends and his parents were doing when he finally met his lawyers while in custody on Thursday (Aug 21).

“I really wanted to tell the lawyers to tell you (Jaycee Chan) to worry about yourself more,” wrote Chan’s manager.

That appears to be sound advice – unlike his friend, actor Kai Ko, who was also arrested on Aug 14 and has been charged with drug consumption, Jaycee Chan faces the more serious charge of providing a venue for drug use, a criminal offence which could lead to a jail term.

His manager told reporters on Thursday (Aug 21) that authorities could detain Chan for up to 37 days while investigating the case.   

He had also clarified that reports about Lin watching her son getting handcuffed were simply untrue, and said that she was not present at the time.