Denzel Washington has shared his views on Will Smith’s slapping at the Oscars after consoling him immediately afterwards.
Ashington was one of the first people to speak to the actor following the incident in which the actor took to the stage to punch Chris Rock after making a joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.
While Smith claimed he was defending Pinkett Smith from a joke about her alopecia diagnosis, a source close to Rock says he had “no idea” about it. Smith, who faces disciplinary action from the Academy, announced his resignation from the awards office on Friday (April 1).
On Saturday, Washington spoke publicly on the matter for the first time at a leadership summit in Washington DC. During Smith’s tearful Best Actor speech, which he gave after winning for King Richard within an hour of their hit Rock, the actor said Washington told him, “Be careful in your highest moments; then the devil will come for you.”
Confirming his comments to Smith, Washington said of the incident, “There’s a saying when the devil ignores you, you know you’re doing something wrong. The devil says, ‘Oh no, leave him alone, he’s my darling.’
“Conversely, if the devil attacks you, maybe it’s because he’s trying to do something right. And for some reason the devil got hold of him that night.”
Washington said he and Smith prayed after the actor met Rock.
“Fortunately there were people there, not just me but others too. Tyler Perry came to me immediately. Some prayers,” Washington said.
“I don’t want to say what we talked about – but unless for the grace of God, each of us goes. Who should we judge? I don’t know all the details of this situation, but I do know that the only solution was prayer. As I saw it. How I see it.”
After Smith apologized to Rock, the comedian said he was “still processing” what happened during his first stand-up show since the incident on Wednesday (March 30). Sources close to Rock said he had “no idea” about Pinkett Smith’s condition.
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