Over four months after this year’s Academy Awards ceremony, actor Will Smith has now spoken on video about the infamous ‘slapping’ incident.
In the nearly six-minute video just posted to his official YouTube account on Friday that began with the words on screen, “It’s been a minute.” Smith offered up apologies in the form of answering questions raised on the internet about what happened during and after Smith struck Oscar presenter Chris Rock for making a joke about Smith’s wife’s hair.
After he enters the screen and addresses to camera why he didn’t apologize to Rock during his Oscars acceptance speech following his win for best actor for his role in “King Richard.”
“I was fogged out by that point,” Smith says. “It’s all fuzzy. I’ve reached out to Chris and the message that came back is that he’s not ready to talk and when he is, he will reach out. So I will say to you Chris, I apologize to you. My behavior was unacceptable and I’m here whenever you are ready to talk.”
Smith also apologizes to Rock’s mother, family and his brother, Tony Rock, who had starred in the 2007 sitcom “All of Us,” which was created by Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith.