Kai Ko apologizes for ‘ugly scar’ of recent drug scandal

By Adam Tyrsett Kuo ,The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan — In the wake of his arrest for using marijuana, Taiwanese actor Kai Ko (柯震東) yesterday held a press conference in Beijing and apologized for letting his friends, family and supporters down. Ko’s father and agent also apologized in front of cameras at the press event. His agent explained that since the investigation is still ongoing, neither she nor Ko would be able to respond to questions related to the case. The actor broke down in tears when speaking to the press, saying that he had behaved selfishly and put his family under tremendous stress. Ko said that he had not anticipated the degree of the scandal’s influence, adding that he had disappointed his agent and all the people he has worked with, including directors, fellow actors, crew members and advertisers. Ko said that he has to face his mistake, urging his fans to stay away from illegal activities. The actor described the incident as an “ugly scar” that will serve as a reminder of the price for making such a mistake. All parents want their children to grow up in a happy and healthy environment, Ko’s father said, adding that he and his wife have never taken an authoritarian approach to parenting. Ko’s father said that he has always wanted his children to see him as a friend, and that he and his wife have respected and supported most their children’s decisions. “I’ve always believed that love can solve all problems, but as a public figure, (my son) has made a bad example of himself, and as his parents, we blame ourselves,” Ko’s father said.

When asked what his next step is, Ko said that he will cooperate with the investigation. Rumors recently emerged claiming that Ko was given preferential treatment at the detention center. In response, the actor denied the rumors, saying that he was treated in accordance with the center’s regulations. When asked if Hong Kong actor Jaycee Chan (房祖名), who was also arrested for using marijuana and possession in the same drug bust, had been a bad influence on him, Ko said, “No … I made a bad decision and I have to be responsible for my own problems.” Ko said that he was happy to see his parents upon his release, and that they have been encouraging him to think positively.