Will Smith apologises to Chris Rock after Oscars slap
Will Smith has apologised to Chris Rock
after he slapped him at the Oscars, saying his behaviour was "unacceptable
"I would like to publicly apologise to
you, Chris," he said in a statement. "I was out of line and I was
It comes after the Oscars film academy
condemned Smith over the incident and announced a formal review.
The star slapped Rock in the face on stage
after the comic made a joke about the actor's wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.
Rock had taken aim at Pinkett Smith's shaved
head, a result of the hair-loss condition alopecia.
Shortly after, Smith picked up the first Oscar
of his career for playing the father of tennis legends Venus and Serena
Williams in King Richard.
"Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive," Smith
said in the statement, which was posted to Instagram.
"My behaviour 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."
Smith apologised directly to Rock, stating he
was "out of line". He also apologised to the Academy and the Williams
"I deeply regret that my behaviour has
stained what has been an otherwise gorgeous journey for all of us," he
Prior to Smith's apology, the organisation
behind the Oscars said in a statement that it "condemns the actions"
"We have officially started a formal
review around the incident and will explore further action and consequences in
accordance with our Bylaws, Standards of Conduct and California law," it