It was meant to be a routine ribbon-cutting ceremony for Jackie Chan, instead the martial arts superstar was forced to duck sharp questions from reporters, in the wake of reports that his estranged daughter is homeless.
The actor, famous for scenes featuring skilled and resourceful evasion of multiple pursuers, was asked flat out by a reporter at the event on Sunday whether he had been in touch with his daughter or if he was aware that she was looking for him, on.cc reports.
Adopting what appeared to be the ancient “hear no evil” technique, Chan responded by, well, not responding and, instead, placing his hands just over his ears.
It’s unclear exactly whether Chan was intending to block out that particular question just shield his face from the barrage of shouting reporters.
According to China Daily, Chan was attending a ceremony for restoring historic buildings in Bengbu, Anhui province. The newspaper reports that he had just purchased four historic wood-structured buildings that date back to the late Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) to late Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).
Chan’s non-answer comes after his 18-year-old daughter and her 30-year-old girlfriend Andi Autumn posted a video at the end of April saying that they had been homeless for a month due to homophobic parents, are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, and that they had been forced to turn to the internet for help because a friend of Autumn’s can no longer house them.
Reading from a sheet of paper, Autumn explains that the pair are not willing to go to a homeless shelter because they will be split up, adding “no one on my Facebook is going to listen to me, and now no one is responding to my phone calls.”
The video has been viewed more than 1.4 million times, and has attracted a number of comments from people telling the couple to find job.
Some, meanwhile, have described the couple as “entitled”, and others have accused Autumn of manipulating Ng and only dating her because of her famous father.
Others have criticised Ng for name-dropping Chan, citing comments she made in 2015 that she considers Chan a stranger and is “far from forgiving him after all these years.”
According to the UK’s Sunday Express, she said: “He is not my dad. I have no feelings for him. He is my biological father but he is not in my life.”
Others have also expressed concern for Ng’s welfare with some arguing that Ng should break up with Autumn, return to Hong Kong and go back to school or find work.
It it not clear where exactly the couple are, but local media reported that the pair are currently in Canada, with on.cc reporting that the pair have been spotted in Scarborough in Toronto.
Concern for Ng came about at the end of April when CCTV footage of her in a convenience store in telling the cashier “I want to find my dad” emerged online.
Days earlier local media reported that she had not been seen or heard from for months, had quit her job, and that her mother had filed a missing persons report.
Ng is the child of Chan and former beauty queen Elaine Ng, with whom he had an extra-marital affair with while married to Taiwanese actress Joan Lin.
Chan has been asked about his daughter before; last year when he was promoting his film The Foreigner, he was asked to respond to the news that she came out as lesbian via Instagram, Chan responded: “If she likes it, that’s fine.”