Will Smith took to Instagram to apologize to Chris Rock, the Academy and everyone watching around the world for his behavior during Sunday night’s Oscars
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Will Smith has issued a public apology to Chris Rock after beating the comedian at the Oscars on Sunday.
Will, 53, was offended after the comedian, 57, took aim at his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith, but insists violence is “toxic” as he admits he’s embarrassed by his behaviour.
Almost 24 hours after he stormed the stage to smack the presenter for his GI Jane joke about his wife, Will took to Instagram and admitted his actions were inexcusable.
Jada announced last year that she was suffering from alopecia and Chris appeared to be targeting the condition.
In the statement, Will said: “Violence in all its forms is toxic and destructive.
“My behavior at the Oscars last night was unacceptable and inexcusable. Jokes about my expenses are part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s health was too much for me and I reacted emotionally.”
He continued, “I want to publicly apologize to you Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong. I’m embarrassed and my actions were no indication of the man I want to be.
“In a world of love and kindness there is no room for violence.”
The King Richard star, who won the Oscar for Best Actor for his role in the film, also apologized to several others.
He added: “I would also like to apologize to the Academy, the producers of the show, all the contestants and all viewers around the world.
“I would like to apologize to the Williams family and my King Richard family. I deeply regret that my behavior affected what was otherwise a great trip for all of us.”
Will concluded by insisting he was “in the works.”
Oscars organizers condemned Will’s actions and said they were reviewing the mess internally.
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Their statement read: “The Academy condemns the actions of Mr. Smith at last night’s show. We have officially initiated a formal investigation into the incident and will consider further actions and consequences consistent with our bylaws, standards of conduct and California law.”
The statement released by AMPAS follows a late-night tweet following the altercation, in which they wrote, “The Academy does not condone violence of any kind.”
Stars from around the world shared their thoughts on the situation in the hours that followed.
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Serena Williams, the daughter of the man Will portrays in King Richard, admitted she was shocked by what happened.
Meanwhile, Piers Morgan appeared to be one of the few to defend Will, writing in The Sun: He stood up for his wife, the woman he dusted off when she was going through a tough time, saying he either will shine and create a safe space for her to heal, grow and define herself.”
British boxer Anthony Joshua also said he was “proud” of Will but joked he should have closed his fist.
Will is unlikely to face official charges after it was revealed Chris declined to file a police report.
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https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/breaking-smith-insists-violence-poisonous-26579518 Will Smith insists 'violence is poisonous' as he publicly apologizes to Chris Rock