Actor Will Smith has for the first time opened up about his beating at the Oscars in a television interview.
Will Smith’s according to the background of the beating was “long-developed pent-up rage”. As a result, he slapped the presenter Chris Rock in the middle of the Oscar gala live.
Comedian Rock had joked about suffering from an autoimmune disease Jada Pinkett Smith hairstyle. Jada Pinkett Smith is Will Smith’s spouse. Will Smith got up from his seat on the stage in the middle of Rock’s line on stage and hit him. Later that night, Smith won the Oscar for Best Actor for King Richard: The Williams Story.
– I understand that people were shocked, Smith, 54, said on The Daily Show with Trevor Noahquoted by the BBC.
– I went through some things that evening. But that doesn’t justify my behavior in the slightest. I just lost my temper, says Smith.
Smith said how others can’t know what someone else is going through, so she hoped everyone would be kind to each other.
The actor also told how he grew up in a family where the father beat the mother. He also brought up the saying that hurt people hurt people.
Smith repeated several times how nothing justifies his behavior.
Smith was banned from the Oscars for 10 years. He can still be nominated at the gala.
He apologized for his behavior shortly after the incident.
– I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I acted irresponsibly and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions did not reflect the man I want to be. Violence has no place in a world of love and kindness, the actor wrote.
The host of the 2023 gala Jimmy Kimmelwho has also hosted the gala in 2017 and 2018.