A video of Will Smith smacking fellow actor Chris Rock at the Oscars on Sunday,27 March has now gone viral.
The incident comes after Rock who presented the award for the best documentary prize made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s hairstyle, comparing it to the movie G.I. Jane in which the actress Demi Moore shaved her head bald, News 24 reports.
Smith then walked on stage and slapped Rock leaving those in the audience speechless. Smith then returned to his seat shouting at the comedian, “Keep my wife’s name out of your f****** mouth.”
The following video contains strong language.
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Smith, who then won an Oscar for his role in King Richard, later apologised to the Academy.
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The Academy does not condone violence of any form.
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