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Support pours in for actor Jefri Nichol after arrest

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Wed, July 24, 2019  /  04:09 pm
Support pours in for actor Jefri Nichol after arrest

Indonesian actor Jefri Nichol has his photo taken during the release of "Pertaruhan" in Jakarta on Jan. 7, 2017. (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)

Twenty-year-old Indonesian actor Jefri Nichol was arrested on Monday night over the alleged possession of 6.01 grams of marijuana at his house in South Jakarta. 

South Jakarta Police chief Sr. Comr. Indra Jafar told kompas.com that the marijuana was found inside a refrigerator in his room.

Jefri was recently announced as the main actor in The Exocet, a biopic about Indonesian boxing legend Ellyas Pical.

Both Ellyas and the film's director, Robby Ertanto, declined to comment on the arrest.

Read also: Boxing legend Ellyas Pical to get his own biopic

However Ellyas' son, Matthew Pical, told Antara news agency that they had just found out about the news. “So [my] father isn’t yet able to give any statements until [the filming schedule] is clear." 

News of Jefri's arrest quickly made the rounds on social media, with renowned director Joko Anwar saying on Twitter that he considered the actor to be "a good kid with a good heart".

"He's one of the most talented and promising actors in Indonesia. He's determined, hard-working and down-to-earth. Everybody makes mistakes," read Joko's tweet. 

Actor Joe Taslim, who previously worked alongside Jefri in the film Hit & Run, also offered his support on social media.

"Stay strong [...] Maybe... you made a mistake, but we all know you're a good kid with a good soul. I love you, brother!" Joe tweeted. (wir/kes)