Actor Will Smith slapped Chris Rock in the face on stage at the Oscars after the comic made a joke about the actor’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith.
The comedian had made a joke about Will Smith’s wife’s hair loss.
Smith walked on stage and struck Rock before returning to his seat and shouting: “Keep my wife’s name out of your [expletive] mouth.”
He later apologized on stage.
“I want to apologize to the Academy. I want to apologize to all my fellow nominees,” he said during a tearful acceptance speech for best actor.
Will Smith had been nominated for best actor in 2007 for “The Pursuit of Happyness” and in 2002 for “Ali.” He previously lost to Denzel Washington and Forest Whitaker.
He finally won an Oscar for starring in “King Richard” as the coach and father of Venus and Serena Williams.
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