Jaycee Chan Jo-ming, the son of action film star Jackie Chan, was jailed for six months and fined 2,000 yuan (US$322) for a drug offense Friday, Ming Pao Daily reported.
He pleaded guilty to a charge of sheltering others to use drugs. Around 100 people including journalists, friends, relatives and fans attended the hearing at the Beijing Dongcheng District People’s Court.
But Jackie Chan and his wife Lin Feng-jiao chose not to appear to avoid chaos in the courtroom, the newspaper said.
Chan, 32, told the court that he would never repeat the mistake and disappoint his family and friends again after his release.
“I will use my actions to win back their hearts and spread positive energy in the future,” he said.
The actor-singer admitted four occasions when he provided shelter for friends to use drugs between 2012 and 2014. They included Taiwanese movie star Kai Ko and Emperor Entertainment actress Li Xiaonan.
A drug charge carries a maximum sentence of three years. But the court decided to be more lenient because Chan turned himself in.
Chan said was terrified and confessed to the police about the drugs kept in his place. Police raided his home in August and found more than 100 grams of marijuana.
He told the court that when police came to his house, “I just gave them information and I confessed because I didn’t know how to deal with the drugs”.
Chan, along with his friend Ko, was detained at his Beijing home in August, and they tested positive for using drugs. Ko was released after a 14-day administrative detention.
But Chan was put under “criminal detention” and charged with the crime of “providing a shelter for others to abuse drugs”.
“As a public figure, he has a lot of influence [on the youth],” the government prosecutor said. “We hope he has realized his mistake and correct that and build up a healthy image in the future.”
After hearing the verdict, Chan bowed to the prosecutor and judges before being escorted away from the court.
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