A Taiwanese actor arrested on drug charges along with the son of Hong Kong film star Jackie Chan was released on Friday after two weeks in detention, amid a broad anti-drug crackdown in China’s capital that has ensnared several celebrities.
Kai Ko apologised for smoking marijuana at an afternoon news conference in which he appeared with his parents and agent.
The 23-year-old was arrested on 14 August along with Jaycee Chan, son of the Hong Kong martial arts superstar.
The arrests drew enormous media attention and Ko’s news conference came amid speculation about how his career as an entertainer and brand spokesman might be affected.
Police said both actors tested positive for marijuana and admitted using the drug, and that 100 grams (3.53 ounces) of it were taken from Chan’s home.
While Ko was given a sentence of 14 days in administrative detention – standard for those caught doing drugs – 31-year-old Jaycee Chan remains in detention and faces a potentially much heftier penalty for having shared drugs with others.
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