Will Smith has addressed Chris Rock on camera for the first time since slapping the comedian onstage at the 2022 Academy Awards.
Four months after Will smacked Rock across the face on the Oscars stage, he shared a video on YouTube on Friday, in which he apologises to Rock again and tells him, "I'm here whenever you're ready to talk."
"I've reached out to Chris and the message that came back is that he's not ready to talk, and when he is he will reach out," Will said.
"So I will say to you, Chris, I apologise to you. My behaviour was unacceptable, and I'm here whenever you're ready to talk."
The actor went on to say that he also wants to apologise to Rock's mom.
"I saw an interview that his mother did. That's one of the things about that moment I didn't realise, I wasn't thinking, but how many people got hurt at that moment."
"So I want to apologise to Chris's mother; I want to apologise to Chris's family, specifically Tony Rock [Chris's younger brother].
"We had a great relationship. Tony Rock was my man. This is probably irreparable," Will said.
Will, who later resigned from the Academy and was banned from attending their ceremonies for the next 10 years, continued in his statement, "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."
"I spent the last three months replaying and understanding the complexities and nuances of what happened."
Watch the video below:
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