Will Smith Apologises To Chris Rock In Social Media Statement

"My behavior at last night’s Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable"

Will Smith has broken his silence on his altercation with Chris Rock during The Oscars Awards ceremony earlier this week. Taking to social media to share a statement about his actions after having some time to reflect, he admitted that he was wrong and apologises to Chris.

“Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive. My behavior at last night’s Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable,” he begins.

Continuing on, Will said that he understands that jokes will be thrown his way as an actor, however hearing someone make a joke about his wife Jada’s medical condition was a huge trigger for him, resulting in him lashing out ’emotionally’.

“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”

Will then issues a series of apologies, with Chris at the top of the list.


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“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”

Concluding his statement, Will says that he’s currently working on himself to become a better person.

“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.”

The statement comes as The Academy has stated that a formal review of the altercation has been launched. According to The Hollywood Reporter, it’s likely that Will will be disciplined for his actions, while his Academy membership could also be revoked.


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