Jaycee Chan, Jackie Chan's Son, Arrested In Beijing On Drug Charges; Jackie Chan Releases Statement
Jackie Chan has released a statement apologizing for the actions of his son, Jaycee Chan, who was arrested in Beijing on drug charges.
Jaycee Chan Arrested For Drugs
Jaycee Chan, 32, a young actor, was arrested on Thursday, Aug. 14, alongside fellow actor Kai Ko, 23, and both men tested positive for marijuana. Police also found over 100 grams of marijuana in Jaycee Chan’s apartment, and has been accused of “hosting others to take drugs.” The second charge could lead to a three-year prison sentence, but it’s unknown how the prosecution will move forward.
Jaycee Chan has not released a statement on his arrest, and he is one of over 7,000 Beijing residents that have been arrested on drug charges this year as part of an increased anti-drug campaign.
Jackie Chan Releases Statement
After the news of his son’s arrest broke on Tuesday, Chan took to his official blog to address the incident, apologizing as a public figure. Chan wrote that the news is “heartbreaking” and that he is “ashamed” as a public figure, but “sad and disappointed” as a father.
“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,” Chan wrote.
Chan also sent a message to his son in his blog post, pledging to support his son throughout this ordeal:
“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.”
Chan and his son reportedly have a somewhat strained relationship, though that may be the media’s way of explaining why Chan plans on leaving his entire fortune to charity in the event of his death.
Finally, Chan also apologized to the public, writing, “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.”
Jaycee Chan’s arrest has reportedly been highly publicized in China, with government-run news networks airing footage of the raid.