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Taiwanese actor Kai Ko detained in China for drug use: agent
Central News Agency
2014-08-18 10:16 PM
Taipei, Aug. 18 (CNA) Taiwanese actor Kai Ko (Ko Chen-tung) is being detained in China on suspicion of illegal drug use, his agency in Taiwan said Monday. The 23-year-old Ko, who won the Golden Horse for Best New Performer in 2011 for his role in the blockbuster "You Are the Apple of My Eye," was being held on suspicion of violating China's "social security management and punishment law," the agency's executive officer Chai Chih-ping said. A suspect under the charge is usually detained for 14 days, Chai noted, but she did not have any information on the nature of the suspected violation. Chai said that when she got the message from Chinese public security authorities Monday evening, she was shocked "to the point of breaking down." She said that since Saturday, when rumors of Ko's arrest began to circulate, she had hoped the rumors would turn out to be untrue because "I simply did not believe they could be true." Ko promised his mother he would never use any illegal drugs while holidaying in China, Chai said. Two agency staff members and Ko's father flew to Beijing later Monday to visit the young actor. The father said his son had done something bad and "should certainly be held responsible." In a statement, the agency offered an apology to society for Ko "having set a bad example." Media in Beijing and Hong Kong have reported that Ko and Jacee Chan, the actor son of movie star Jacky Chan, have been held in detention since Aug. 12. Ko has been absent from social media for several days, fueling media speculation on both sides of the Taiwan Strait. (By Wu Wan-ting, Chen Yi-wei and S.C. Chang)
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