Chinese actor Wang Xuebing makes his first public appearance since his drug arrest

BEIJING - On Sunday night, Chinese actor Wang Xuebing and his wife Zhang Qianqian appeared at the final performance of the first run of the play Fool. Director Chen Jianbin watched the show with the couple. According to NetEase website, Wang smiled occasionally during the play and seemed to be in good spirits. This was his first public appearance since he was suspected of being involved in drug offences.

Wang, 43, was an anti-drug ambassador for Beijing in 2006.

He was nominated for a Golden Horse Best Supporting award last year for his performance in A Fool. The movie clinched a Best Actor award and a Best New Director prize for Chen at the 2014 awards ceremony.

Around midnight on March 10, the Beijing Public Security Bureau's weibo account confirmed that actors Wang, Zhang Bo and others had been arrested for suspected drug offences. The Beijing Evening News and other media said Wang was held on suspicion of using crystal methamphetamine.

The Beijing police said on March 26 that he was released from custody pending investigation. The police added that he had a good attitude and pleaded guilty while accounting for his illegal activity, said NetEase. As a result, Wang is the first to be released from custody among the stars arrested in recent months in China's anti-drug crackdown.

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