Chinese Actor Wang Xuebing Arrested on Drug Charges

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As the country's crackdown on vices continues, Wang's latest film, 'A Fool,' could face trouble.

Chinese actor Wang Xuebing, who starred in last year's Golden Bear winner Black Coal, Thin Ice, has been arrested for suspected drug use in Beijing, local media reported, the latest big name in entertainment to fall foul of a government moral crusade.

Wang, who in 2006 was an anti-drug ambassador for the city of Beijing, was held on suspicion of using crystal meth, the Beijing Evening News and numerous other local media reported.

Jaycee Chan, son of the veteran Hong Kong action star Jackie Chan, has just been released from jail after he was busted for smoking marijuana at a foot massage parlor in Beijing last year.

In recent years, Wang has also featured in Jeff Lau’s Lock Me Up, Tie Him Down, fantasy epic The White Haired Witch of the Lunar Kingdom  and  Chen Sicheng’s Beijing Love Story.

The arrest comes as his latest movie, A Fool, the directorial debut of veteran Chinese actor Chen Jianbin, won censors' approval to screen in mainland China starting on May 1. A Fool won two awards at the Golden Horse Awards last year in Taiwan.

Wang's arrest could spell trouble for A Fool in China, because the country's media watchdog has warned broadcasters not to screen shows featuring stars "with bad records."

Since President Xi Jinping's moral crusade against smut and graft began, many leading film and TV companies have pledged not to hire stars involved in prostitution, gambling or drug abuse for their shows.

Chan was arrested with Taiwanese actor Ko Chen-tung, which has delayed the release date of the next installment of the highly successful Tiny Times franchise, as Ko starred in the movie.

Other big names to fall include Golden Bear-winning director Wang Quan’an, who was arrested last year for paying for sex.

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