Beijing - Hong Kong star Jackie Chan said he would not appeal a Beijing court decision this morning to sentence his son Jaycee to six months in jail and fine him 2,000 yuan (S$430) for accommodating drug users.
Chan said through his son's agent that he and his wife, former actress Lin Feng-jiao, respected the verdict which was handed down after Jaycee appeared at the Dongcheng District People's Court for a trial, NetEase reported.
Chan and his wife were not at the trial, attended by the agent who said Lin has been exchanging letters with her son and feels he has become more sensible.
Prosecutors had recommended the light sentence for the 32-year-old Jaycee on account of his good attitude during his arrest and his voluntary confession to the police, said NetEase website.
Jail terms are counted from the day of detention, which means the actor, who has been in criminal detention since Aug 14, will be released on Feb 13, before Chinese New Year, said Sohu website.
In his first public appearance after his arrest, Jaycee admitted to making his home in Beijing available to drug users, Taiwanese actor Kai Ko and Chinese entertainer Alice Li, four times - one day in mid-2012 and on July 10, Aug 13 and Aug 14 last year.
On three of the four occasions, he hosted Ko in his luxury apartment at Naga Shangyuan.
On Aug 14, Li smoked marijuana in a bathroom.
Jaycee's 36-year-old personal assistant, identified as Sun, was arrested at a foot spa on Aug 14.
Jaycee, Ko, 23, and Li, 23, who were with Sun, were also taken in for questioning. Jaycee and Ko were arrested after testing positive for marijuana.
Jaycee said he did not know what the police wanted when they questioned him, but decided to tell them about the stash of marijuana - 117.72g of it - in a safe in a bedroom.
"I gave them the information, I told them myself. I didn't know what to do with the marijuana and wanted to hand it over to the country."
According to NetEase, which cited Jaycee's confession, Sun had been buying marijuana for him since 2008, whenever the actor came to Beijing and stayed at Naga Shangyuan.
Jaycee said: "I broke the law and I should be punished. When I'm back in the community, I won't repeat my offence and disappoint my family and friends again. However, even if I get due punishment, it doesn't necessarily mean I will get forgiveness."
He said he would work on "transmitting positive energy" through his actions in future.
Last year, Chinese singer Li Daimo was sentenced to nine months in jail for providing a venue for drug users.
In an interview posted today on the Weibo page of the Dongcheng court, judge Lin Meimei said Li received a heavier sentence than Jaycee because Li did not make a voluntary confession.
Jaycee will have to decide for himself whether he wishes to continue acting after his release, said his agent. On the mainland, the show business industry is reportedly banned from showing works featuring actors who use drugs.
Jaycee would face restrictions there, the agent said.
Before his arrest, Jaycee had reportedly finished work on a Chen Kaige martial arts movie The Monk.