Actor Will Smith has apologized to Oscar-nominated comedian Chris Rock for slapping him during the ceremony.
“Violence in all its forms is poisonous and destructive,” Smith said in a statement posted on Instagram on Monday.
My behavior at the Academy Awards last night was unacceptable and unjustified, jokes about me are part of my job.
However, the jokes about my wife Jayda’s health condition were too much for me to bear, and she acted emotionally,” according to the American network, “CNN”.
The American actor added, “I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I made a mistake. I feel ashamed.
And my actions were not the indicator I wanted to show about the man I would like to be, there is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness.”
Smith added, “I would also like to apologize to the Academy, the concert producers, all attendees and everyone watching the concert around the world. I would like to apologize to the Williams family and the King Richard family.”
He concluded his speech by saying, “I deeply regret my behavior that spoiled what should have been a wonderful trip for all of us. I am in the process of working on myself.”
And on Sunday evening, Will Smith assaulted Rock during the latter’s presentation of the party because of a joke he made about the appearance of the American actor’s wife with a shaven head.
What aroused the anger of Smith, who left his seat to slap him in the face, and then returned and began directing derogatory terms against the presenter, asking him not to mention his wife’s name.
Jayda Smith suffers from alopecia areata, a disease that occurs when the body’s immune system attacks hair follicles, causing hair to fall out.
Following the incident, Smith won an Oscar for Best Actor for the movie “King Richard”, in which he played the character of the father of American tennis players Serena and Venus Williams.