American actor Will Smith has issued another apology, after slapping Comedian Chris Rock on the Oscars stage on Sunday night.
“Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive. My behavior at last night’s Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable. Jokes at my expense are part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally”, Smith wrote.
“I would like to publicly apologise to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness.”
“I would also like to apologise to the Academy, the producers of the show, all the attendees and everyone watching around the world. I would like to apologise to the Williams Family and my King Richard Family. I deeply regret that my behavior has stained what has been an otherwise gorgeous journey for all of us. I am a work in progress”, he added.
The assault happened when Rock took to the stage to present the best documentary award and made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith being in a sequel to G.I. Jane. Pinkett Smith has been open about the fact that she has alopecia, which causes hair loss.
Smith then ran on stage, slapping Rock and quickly returning to his seat.
“Keep my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth!” Smith yelled once he was seated.
Just a few moments later, Smith won the Oscar for best actor for his performance in “King Richard.” In his speech, he apologised to the Academy and his fellow nominees, but not to Rock.
“I want to apologise to the Academy. I want to apologise to all my fellow nominees. This is a beautiful moment and I’m not crying for winning an award. It’s not about winning an award for me. It’s about being able to shine a light on all of the people. Tim and Trevor and Zack and Saniyya and Demi and Aunjanue and the entire cast and crew of ‘King Richard,’ Venus and Serena, the entire Williams family. Art imitates life. I look like the crazy father, just like they said about Richard Williams”, Smith said.
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