Jackie Chan’s son has been jailed in China for a drugs charged. Jaycee Chan was convicted and sentenced to six months in prison, after his arrest in August 2014. He decided to plead guilty to the charge of “sheltering others to use drugs” at Dongcheng District Court in Beijing.
It could have been much worse. In August, 100g of marijuana was found in the 32-year-old’s home. That amount could have led to Chan being sentenced for up to three years.
He was not the only celebrity arrested around this time. China is cracking down on its drug culture considerably, and several famous faces found themselves arrested. President Xi Jinping wants strong measures used to prevent drug use in the country, with orders initiated in June 2014. It is clear that nobody is immune from the crackdown.
The Rush Hour actor said that he was extremely disappointed in his son’s actions. He took the time to apologize for his son’s actions after hearing about the arrest in August. To make matters worse, the martial arts actor was named the anti-drug ambassador for the country in 2009. That being said, the 60-year-old confirmed that he would stand by his son during the arrest and conviction. It is likely that he will stand by him during and after his prison sentence.
Many of his fans offered support for the actor at the time, since it was not his fault as a father or public figure. However, the 60-year-old said that he had “failed to discipline him,” and now it was up to the state to help.
Chan’s son has been jailed for six months over the drug charge, and that was relatively light. Others have faced harsher charges, especially when they have also tested positive for marijuana.
The 32-year-old was not alone at the time of the incident. Taiwanese actor Kai Ko was also arrested at the time, and tested positive for the illicit drug. The 23-year-old was released after an administrative detention lasting 14 days. Chan had the more serious crime, meaning that he was placed under criminal detention, according to Beijing police.
Chan attended court on Friday and confessed to the crime. He said that he “didn’t know how to deal with the marijuana.” He admitted that he had “committed a crime,” and that means he deserves some sort of punishment. He would just like to receive forgiveness, and hopes that his future actions will help him earn that.
The prosecutor did accept that leniency was acceptable. Chan had co-operated with police throughout the investigation. However, he did remind the actor to “return to the right path.” It is up to the 32-year-old to get his healthy public image back.
At the end of the trial, the young actor bowed to the prosecutor and judge. The trial lasted a total of 90 minutes to hear his confession of guilt. As well as the prison sentence, he was fined 2,000 Yuan, which is about $322. However, the prison sentence was relatively light compared to the one it could have been. Chan was jailed for six months for his drug charge.
Opinion by Alexandria Ingham