Jackie Chan’s son 'remorseful' after release from prison
Jaycee Chan, 32, said at a news conference that he has rededicating himself to his family and entertainment business career. He said he had “no reason, no excuse” for the behavior that led to his arrest in August alongside Taiwanese actor Ko Kai and others.
“After this correction by the justice system, I have changed my outlook on life and my values,” Chan said.
Chan and Ko were tested positive for marijuana, and police seized more than 100 grams (3.5 ounces) of the drug from his apartment. He could have been sentenced to up to three years, but was shown leniency by the court for having come clean with his law breaking.
Chan’s news conference was broadcast live from a hotel in Beijing on Chinese state broadcaster CCTV, illustrating the propaganda value, China hopes to gain from the high-profile case amid a sweeping anti-drugs crackdown.
Chan was raised in Los Angeles and has appeared in about 20 films, most of them low-budget Hong Kong and mainland Chinese productions.
Jackie Chan has publicly apologized for his son’s drug use and pledged to work with him on his recovery. The incident was sensitive for him because of his status as a Chinese anti-drugs ambassador and deputy to the national legislature’s main consultative body.
Jaycee Chan said his father did not intervene on his behalf and that he received no special treatment in prison, where conditions were “quite harsh.”
Expressing remorse over his actions Chan said that he became a regular drug user about two years ago.
“I’m very ashamed that I haven’t been a good role model,” Chan said. “I want to start again, but I know that it’s the mass media that will decide.”
Chan’s arrest put his entertainment career in jeopardy, with several Chinese management companies saying they would refuse to employ celebrities caught using drugs.
While professing his love for show business, Chan said he was now focused on spending time with his parents over next week’s Lunar New Year holiday (Chinese New year).