On Thursday, kung-fu star Jackie Chan’s son, Jaycee Chan, 32, was caught in a drug bust in Beijing that was part of a huge anti-drug crackdown on celebrities. The younger Chan was found with more than 3.5 ounces of marijuana in his home in Beijing’s Dongcheng district and tested positive for the drug. Arrested with him was Taiwanese actor Kai Ko Chen-tung, 23, famous among younger audiences for his roles in You Are The Apple Of My Eye and the Tiny Times franchise.
A string of high profile arrests on drug-related charges were made by Chinese police, involving several Chinese, Hong Kong and Taiwanese actors. Last week, 42 entertainment companies and performance agencies signed an agreement organized by the Beijing Trade Association for Performances to boycott celebrities who use illegal drugs. Deputy director of the Beijing Municipal Anti-Drug Office Jin Zhihai has said that stars need to be good role models for juveniles and society since they are public figures.
Shanghai Entertainment News reported that Jaycee Chan’s father had advised him not to hang out with the younger Ko, who publicly promised that he would not lead his friend to harm. Father and son have had an estranged relationship throughout the years, and at one point the elder Chan announced that he had written his son out of his will. It’s unclear how Jaycee Chan’s arrest will affect his father’s standing with the Chinese government, especially since five years ago the latter signed up to be Narcotics Control Ambassador for the Chinese police.
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However, while he was promoting his film Chinese Zodiac in the UK, Jackie Chan revealed to The Guardian that he recently converted to a more responsible form of parenting. Jaycee Chan grew up in Los Angeles and has starred in several films which flopped. He also attempted to launch a music career, but has not achieved the same level of success as his father.
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