Will Smith has reportedly sought professional help after punching Chris Rock in the face at this year’s Oscars.
The Men In Black actor “was in therapy after the Oscars incident,” a source told Entertainment Tonight.
It follows reports that the 53-year-old fled to India for a retreat last month, where People magazine claims he has focused on spirituality, yoga and meditation in the wake of the fallout.
The Philadelphia-born star sent shockwaves through the showbiz world when he took the stage and attacked Chris Rock at the Academy Awards at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California on March 27.
The comedian had cracked a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, and made fun of her hair.
Pinkett Smith suffers from hair loss alopecia and Rock compared her to GI Jane – a character with shaved hair.
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That didn’t sit well with Smith, who slapped Rock first and then, upon returning to his seat, told him twice, “Keep my wife’s name out of your damn mouth.”
Smith has since apologized to Rock on social media, but has reportedly not reached out to him personally.
The board of directors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which organizes the Oscars, has since punished him for his outburst by banning him from attending Academy events, including the Oscars, for ten years.
However, he will keep his Oscar for Best Actor, which he won shortly after the incident for his role in King Richard.
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