Jackie Chan's son released after Beijing marijuana sentence

Jackie Chan's Son Released From Jail After Completing Marijuana Sentence

BEIJING (AP) - The son of actor Jackie Chan was released from a Beijing jail Friday after completing a six-month sentence for allowing people to use marijuana in his apartment, amid a crackdown on illegal narcotics in the Chinese capital.

A statement issued by Jaycee Chan's entertainment company said the 32-year-old actor and singer left the city's Dongcheng jail a few minutes after midnight Thursday.

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Jackie Chan's son released after Beijing marijuana sentence
BEIJING, CHINA - MARCH 03: (CHINA OUT) Actor Jackie Chan attends the opening ceremony of CPPCC on March 3, 2015 in Beijing, China. Third Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC) and the Third Session of the 12th Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) will be held on March 5 and March 3 in Beijing. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - FEBRUARY 26: (CHINA OUT) Jackie Chan attends press conference of 'Dragon Blade' for high box-office on February 26, 2015 in Beijing, China. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
CHENGDU, CHINA - FEBRUARY 24: (CHINA OUT) Jackie Chan attends 'Dragon Blade' press conference at Jackie Chan Cinema on February 24, 2015 in Chengdu, China. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
TAIWAN, CHINA - FEBRUARY 12: (CHINA MAINLAND OUT)Jackie Chan promotes for Dragon Blade on 12 February, 2015 in Taipei, Taiwan, China.(Photo by TPG/Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - JANUARY 09: (CHINA OUT) Actor Jaycee Chan appears at court on January 9, 2015 in Beijing, China. Actor Jaycee Chan gets sentenced to six months in prison with a penalty of around 322 dollars over drug offense on Friday in Beijing. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - JANUARY 09: (CHINA OUT) Actor Jaycee Chan appears at court on January 9, 2015 in Beijing, China. Actor Jaycee Chan gets sentenced to six months in prison with a penalty of around 322 dollars over drug offense on Friday in Beijing. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - JANUARY 09: (CHINA OUT) Actor Jaycee Chan appears at court on January 9, 2015 in Beijing, China. Actor Jaycee Chan gets sentenced to six months in prison with a penalty of around 322 dollars over drug offense on Friday in Beijing. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - JANUARY 09: (CHINA OUT) Actor Jaycee Chan appears at court on January 9, 2015 in Beijing, China. Actor Jaycee Chan gets sentenced to six months in prison with a penalty of around 322 dollars over drug offense on Friday in Beijing. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
HANGZHOU, CHINA - OCTOBER 23: (CHINA OUT) Jackie Chan and his son Jaycee Chan attend commerical event on October 23, 2009 in Hangzhou, China. Actor Jaycee Chan, famous action star Jackie Chan's son, was detained in Beijing together with Taiwanese actor Kai Ko on August 12 for drug use. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
NANJING, CHINA - JULY 21: (CHINA OUT) Singer Jaycee Chan attends a press conference to promote his new album on July 21, 2010 in Nanjing, China. Actor Jaycee Chan, Jackie Chan's son, was detained in Beijing together with Taiwanese actor Kai Ko on August 12 for drug use. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - JUNE 13: (CHINA OUT) Actor Jaycee Chan attends the opening ceremony of 12th Shanghai International Film Festival on June 13, 2009 in Shanghai, China. Actor Jaycee Chan, Jackie Chan's son, was detained in Beijing together with Taiwanese actor Kai Ko on August 12 for drug use. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
Hong Kong entertainer Jackie Chan (R) poses with his son Jaycee Fong Jo Ming as they take part in a press conference for Chan's concert at Beijing's Bird's Nest stadium, the centrepiece of the 2008 Olympic Games, in Beijing on April 1, 2009. Chan, who is best-known for his often hilarious martial arts comedies, has starred in Hollywood blockbusters such as 'Rush Hour' and takes a lead role in this year's 'Shinjuku Incident'. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - JANUARY 21: (CHINA OUT) Jackie Chan and his son Jaycee Chan attend commercial advertisement taping on January 21, 2009 in Shnaghai, China. Actor Jaycee Chan, famous action star Jackie Chan's son, was detained in Beijing together with Taiwanese actor Kai Ko on August 12 for drug use. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - APRIL 1: (CHINA OUT) Jaycee Chan attends a press conference announcing a concert at the Bird's Nest Stadium on April 1, 2009 in Beijing, China. The concert will be called Desendents of the Dragon, it will star Jackie Chan and friends and will take place during China's three day May Day weekend. (Photo by Cao Ji/ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - JANUARY 09: (CHINA OUT) Actor Jaycee Chan appears at court on January 9, 2015 in Beijing, China. Actor Jaycee Chan gets sentenced to six months in prison with a penalty of around 322 dollars over drug offense on Friday in Beijing. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - JANUARY 09: (CHINA OUT) Actor Jaycee Chan appears at court on January 9, 2015 in Beijing, China. Actor Jaycee Chan gets sentenced to six months in prison with a penalty of around 322 dollars over drug offense on Friday in Beijing. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - JANUARY 09: (CHINA OUT) Actor Jaycee Chan appears at court on January 9, 2015 in Beijing, China. Actor Jaycee Chan gets sentenced to six months in prison with a penalty of around 322 dollars over drug offense on Friday in Beijing. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
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Photos showed chaotic scenes as reporters chased his car and surrounded it at a toll station.

The statement thanked fans and the media for their concern and said Chan would hold a news conference Saturday in order to "apologize and explain."

Police detained Chan, Taiwanese movie star Ko Kai and several other people in August in Chan's Beijing apartment. Chan and Ko tested positive for marijuana, and police seized more than 100 grams (3.5 ounces) of the substance. Ko, whose real name is Ko Chen-tung, was released after serving a 14-day administrative detention.

Chan could have been sentenced to as many as three years in prison, but the court showed leniency because he had confessed and showed contrition.

Jaycee Chan's arrest was a sensitive matter for his father because of Jackie Chan's high profile in China, including serving as an anti-drug ambassador and deputy to the top advisory board to China's legislature. The elder Chan has apologized for his son's actions and said the two would work together to mend his ways.

A number of celebrities have been caught up in Beijing's drug crackdown as the city tries to slow ballooning drug use. Police said more than 7,800 people were arrested last summer in Beijing in what was called the biggest anti-drug campaign in two decades.

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