Will Smith
Will Smith

Oscar: Will Smith apologizes for unruly behaviour

NEWS DIGEST – Veteran Hollywood actor, Will Smith apologizes to Chris Rock for slapping him during the Oscar telecast, saying in an online video that his behaviour was “unacceptable.”

Smith says he reached out to the comedian about the incident but was told Rock wasn’t ready to talk.

“There is no part of me that thinks that was the right way to behave at that moment,” Smith said in the under-six-minute video posted online Friday.

“I am deeply remorseful and I’m trying to be remorseful without being ashamed of myself.” To Rock, he said: “I’m here whenever you’re ready to talk.”

Will Smith, seated in a polo shirt and white ball cap, spoke directly to a camera, answering pre-selected questions about his behaviour at the March 27 Academy Awards, when he slapped presenter Rock after the comedian made a reference to the hairstyle of Jada Pinkett Smith, Smith’s wife.

Smith also apologized to Rock’s family and especially his mother, Rosalie, who was horrified to see her son hurt and told US Weekly, “When he slapped Chris, he slapped all of us. He really slapped me,” Will Smith also apologized to Tony Rock, Chris’ younger brother.

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