Taiwanese actor Kai Ko, who is currently serving a 14-day sentence in Beijing after he was arrested for marijuana abuse last Tuesday (Aug 12), is expected to face contract terminations from advertisers that are concerned about his damaged reputation.
As the ambassador of a total of 11 brands, including KFC, Canon and adidas, Kai reportedly rakes in approximately S$4.1 million worth of endorsement fees every year. After news of his drug case broke, advertisers have requested to end their working relationship, which would cause the actor to suffer a S$1.23 million loss in income.
On top of that, the 23-year-old has three movies up for release: Tiny Times 4, A Choo and Monster Hunt. A Choo, which was scheduled to open in Chinese cinemas in October, is likely to be postponed as a result of Kai’s case.
Kai suspended his studies at Chinese Culture University in Taiwan after his debut to focus on showbiz. Rumours are rife that the You Are the Apple of My Eye star might consider entering the military to lie low before making his comeback.
At the same time, some netizens have pointed their fingers at Jaycee Chan, who was arrested together with Kai, for leading the latter astray. According to media reports, the two became friends three years ago and hit it off immediately due to their fun-loving personalities.
The duo was spotted clubbing together on numerous occasions, something which angered Kai’s ex-girlfriend, singer Elva Hsiao. The ex-couple is said to have frequently quarrelled over this issue, causing a drift in their relationship that eventually led to their split.
While speaking to reporters, Kai’s father said that he does not blame Jaycee for his son’s mistake.
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