Will Smith apologized to Chris Rock for his infamous slap in his first public statement in three months.
roughly a video posted on Instagram, he spoke directly in front of the camera and answered a series of questions about the March 27 incident.
When asked why he didn’t apologize to Rock during his best actor acceptance speech, he said: “I was disappointed at the time. All is blurry.
“I contacted Chris and the message was sent back that he was not available to talk and when he was available he would be in touch.
“So I’ll tell you Chris, I’m sorry. My behavior is unacceptable and I am here whenever you are ready to talk”.
Smith also apologized to Rock’s mother and father, adding: “I’ve spent the past three months going back and understanding the nuances and intricacies of what happened in that moment.
“And I’m not going to try to unpack all that right now but I can tell you all that there’s not a part of me that thinks it’s the right way to behave in that moment. There’s no part of me that thinks that’s the optimal way to handle feeling disrespected or offended.”
Smith was banned from all Academy events or programs for 10 years following his “unprecedented” behavior at the 94th Academy Awards.
The incident occurred after Smith stormed onto the stage and slapped Rock after the comedian joked about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, and her hair loss due to alopecia areata.
Not long after the controversy, Smith returned to the stage to collect the gong for best actor for his performance in King Richard, his first Academy Award, which he won allowed to keep.
Two days after the incident, Smith issued a public apology to Rock and the Oscar production team, admitting that he reacted “emotionally” to the joke and saying “violence in any form” consciousness is poisonous and destructive”.
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Pinkett Smith also called for a “healing season” on her own social media post.
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