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Will Smith apologises for slapping Chris Rock on stage

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The “King Richard” star wanted to “publicly apologise” to the 57-year-old comic after the 53-year-old actor jumped on stage to smack him across the face for making a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith’s alopecia.

Will said on Instagram on Monday: “I would like to publicly apologise 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.”

Will – who went on to win Best Actor minutes after he struck Chris – extended his sorrow to “the Academy, the producers, all the attendees and everyone watching around the world.”

He said: “I would also like to apologise to the Academy, the producers of the show, all the attendees and everyone watching around the world. I would like to apologise to the Williams Family and my King Richard Family. I deeply regret that my behaviour has stained what has been an otherwise gorgeous journey for all of us.

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Will – who is currently under review by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences – condemned “violence in all its forms” before calling his behaviour “inexcusable”.

He said: “Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive. 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.”

Will concluded his statement by declaring himself “a work in progress.” IOL

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