Jackie Chan's Son Arrested as Chinese Government Cracks Down on Celebrities Using Drugs
Chinese movie and television star Jaycee Chan, son of veteran action hero Jackie Chan, is the latest actor to be arrested for drug-related crimes, the South China Morning Post reported today.
Jaycee Chan, 32, was arrested along with Taiwanese movie star Kai Ko Chen-tung in Beijing, according to reports, although it is still unclear when they were formally arrested. However, both actors are active on Chinese social media and have not updated their accounts since last Tuesday.
Their arrests follow that of Voice of China star Li Daimo in March, and the shock arrest of Gao Hu, a prominent actor who starred in Zhang Yimou's The Flowers of War, last week.
The clampdown on celebrity drug use has been ordered by the Chinese government, which has instituted a zero-tolerance approach to illegal substances. Those stars caught up in drug scandals have been turned into public examples and are facing threats to their future professional careers as state arts, film and culture bodies line up behind the government's anti-drug policy.
This month, the Beijing Trade Association for Performances and 42 performing art agencies and groups signed a commitment promising that they will not hire any actors who are connected with drugs.