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The Slap Heard Around the World: Smith releases statement

Less than 24 hours after the Slap Heard Around The World, Will Smith has broken his silence and publicly apologized to Chris Rock for slapping him during the 94th Academy Awards Live on Stage.

"Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive. My behavior at last night’s Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable," Smith said in a statement posted to his Facebook Page.

"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," He added.

The slap occurred after Rock, who was introducing the award for Best Documentary, joked to Smith's wife in the audience, "Jada, I love ya. G.I. Jane 2, can't wait to see ya."

Pinkett-Smith has been open about her recent hair loss due to the autoimmune disorder alopecia.

Smith said in the Facebook message, "I would like to publicly apologize 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."

He also expressed regret for overshadowing the work he did on King Richard, which he won Best Actor shortly after the incident occurred, "I would like to apologize 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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