Will Smith has issued public apology to Chris Rock after he stormed up on stage and slapped the Oscar’s host around the face.
Describing himself as work in progress, Mr Smith said a a joke about Jada’s medical condition was “too much” for him bear – but that Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive. “There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness,” he added.
In an Instagram post issued on Monday afternoon US time – the early hours of Tuesday morning UK time – Mr Smith said: “Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive. My behavior at last night’s Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable. Jokes at my expense are a part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally.
“I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness.
“I would also like to apologize to the Academy, the producers of the show, all the attendees and everyone watching around the world. I would like to apologize to the Williams Family and my King Richard Family. I deeply regret that my behavior has stained what has been an otherwise gorgeous journey for all of us.
“I am a work in progress. Sincerely, Will.”
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