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'I deserve punishment,' says Taiwanese actor Kai Ko
Central News Agency
2014-08-20 11:00 PM
Taipei, Aug. 20 (CNA) Taiwanese actor Kai Ko (Ko Chen-tung), who has been in detention in Beijing since Aug. 12 for smoking marijuana, expressed deep remorse Wednesday when his agent Chai Chih-ping and his family were allowed to visit him. "I deserve punishment," Ko was quoted as saying in a statement issued by Chai, who flew to Beijing with Ko's parents and older brother to visit the actor. Ko's mother hugged him and all four members of the family were crying, Chai said. During the 30-minute visit, Ko kept blaming himself and expressing worry that his detention would negatively affect many others, according to Chai. "I'm so sorry. I blame myself," the actor was quoted as saying to his family. "What can I do to make amends to the public and all the companies that have supported me ? I don't want to hurt anyone," Ko said in a choked voice, after his father encouraged him to face reality, be a good man and take responsibility for his actions. "I have no right to complain (about being in detention here) because this is what I deserve," Ko said when his mother asked whether it was hard for him, Chai related. According to Chai, Ko has a regular routine at the detention center, waking at 6 a.m., watching TV and exercising at certain times during the day, and going to bed at 10 p.m. Ko hopes to return to Taiwan as soon as possible, where he plans to drop his bad habits and serve as a role model for Taiwan's youth, the agent said. The 23-year-old Taiwanese actor was arrested by public security officers at the Beijing apartment of Jaycee Chan, 31, the only son of action movie superstar Jacky Chan, for smoking marijuana, which is illegal in both China and Taiwan. Jaycee Chan, was also detained and might face a harsher penalty than Ko for allegedly being in possession of an illegal substance, offering it to others, and harboring drug users. Ko shot to fame and became a heartthrob in the Greater China area after starring in the blockbuster "You Are the Apple of My Eye" in 2010, which won him a Golden Horse for Best New Performer in 2011. (By Sabine Cheng and Flor Wang)
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