Will Smith has apologized to Chris Rock for the Oscar’s scandalous slap, in his first public statement in three months.
roughly a 5-minute video posted on Instagram, he spoke directly in front of the camera and answered a series of questions from social networks about the incident on March 27.
The Hollywood star stormed onto the stage and slapped Rock after the comedian joked about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, and her hair loss, due to a hair loss condition.
When asked why he didn’t apologize to Rock during his best actor acceptance speech for King Richard a few minutes later, Smith 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”.
In the video, Smith also apologizes to Rock’s mother, father and younger brother Tony, an actor, who he says is “my man”, before adding: “But this is probably beyond repair. Okay.”
He added: “I have spent the last three months replaying and understanding the nuances and intricacies of what happened in that moment.
“And I’m not going to try unpacking all that right now, but I can tell you all 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 feelings of disrespect or offense.”
When asked if his wife made him decide to storm the stage and slap Rock in the middle of his presentation about the award for best documentary, which was won by Questlove for Summer Of Soul, Smith replied: “No, I made my own choice, from my own experience and my history with Chris.
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“Jada has nothing to do with it.”
Speaking directly to his wife, Smith added: “I’m sorry honey, and I want to say sorry to my kids and family for the heat I’ve brought to all of us.”
Smith also apologized to other nominees whose Oscar wins were overshadowed by the rage surrounding the slap, including Questlove, frontman of The Roots.
“I can still see Questlove’s eyes – it happened on Questlove’s prize – and I’m sorry that wasn’t really enough,” he added.
At the end of the video, Smith said he’s “deeply regretful and I’m trying to repent without being ashamed of myself”.
He added: “If you keep going, I promise we’ll be able to be friends again.”
Smith was banned from all Academy events or programs for 10 years following his “unprecedented” behavior at the 94th Academy Awards.
Two days after the incident, he issued a public apology to Rock and the Oscars production team, saying he had an “emotional” reaction to the joke and that “violence of any kind” consciousness is poisonous and destructive”.
Pinkett Smith also called for a “healing season” on her own social media post.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/will-smith-posts-apology-to-chris-rock-months-after-oscars-slap-41877554.html Will Smith posts apology to Chris Rock months after Oscar slap