Reality show singer and former The Voice of China star Li Daimo, 25, was sentenced to nine months and fined 2,000RMB for allowing fellow celebs take amphetamines at his temporary residence this past March. Li will not appeal. China Daily reports:
The police detained Li and five other people on March 18 at his home in Chaoyang’s Sanlitun area. The Chaoyang District People’s Procuratorate approved Li’s arrest on April 16.
The singer had allowed people to take drugs at his temporary home several times since February, the judge said. Li was fully aware that his guests were taking drugs and violated China’s Criminal Law, court documents showed.
Li, 25, rose to fame on popular TV talent show The Voice of China. He has more than 830,000 followers on the Twitter-like Sina Weibo.
This isn’t the first time a celeb has been found getting high in China. Another notable case involved Chinese actor Zhang Mo, son of famous actor Zhang Guoli, who was caught using drugs in his villa. They don’t specify what kind, however.
And it seems, contrary to popular perceptions of China, not all are staunchly against drug use (I mean, obviously the celeb offenders aren’t):
The general manager of a Chinese culture communication company said on condition of anonymity that some celebrities take drugs to stave off their psychological woes.
“The self-worth of many stars in the show biz hinges on applause from the public, and they suffer from spiritual emptiness in their lives from time to time,” said the manager.
More, taking drugs was regarded as an “avant-garde” lifestyle and a symbol of high status in the entertainment circle, he added.