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Jackie Chan takes 'bow of apology' for sons's drug bust

Reuters  Beijing, August 21, 2014
First Published: 16:27 IST(21/8/2014) | Last Updated: 16:34 IST(21/8/2014)

Kungfu movie star Jackie Chan offered the public a "deep bow of apology" after his son, actor, singer and socialite Jaycee, was arrested in Beijing for drug use.

Jackie Chan, 60, served as a goodwill spokesman for the China National Anti-Drug Committee in 2009, promoting anti-drug education.

Jaycee, 32, was arrested on Monday after police found 100 grams of marijuana in his apartment, they said.

"As a public figure, I'm ashamed and distressed," Chan wrote on his Chinese-language microblog on Wednesday.

Also read: Jackie Chan's son arrested in China for possession of drugs

"His mother is especially heartbroken. "Along with Jaycee, I want to take a deep bow of apology to the public." The younger Chan is the latest celebrity caught up in a campaign against drugs in China, which has vowed to purge the country's elite of decadence and other social vices.

Corruption and excess among the upper class are a prime source of social discontent as a yawning gap between the poor and the wealthy widens. The use of drugs in China, particularly synthetic drugs like methamphetamine, ketamine and ecstasy, has grown along with the rise of a new urban class with greater disposable income.

Last week, a group of 42 entertainment management firms said they had signed a deal with Beijing police that they would not work with celebrities who used drugs, the state-owned Beijing News reported.

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