Will Smith apologizes to Chris Rock over Oscar’s slap

Los Angeles: Actor Will Smith says he is “deeply remorseful” for having slapped Chris Rock at the Academy Awards earlier this year and has reached out to the comedian to talk but was rebuffed.

Smith posted a video on YouTube on Saturday (AEST) in which he addressed questions about the attack on Rock on stage at the March ceremony after the comedian made a joke about the appearance of Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.

Will Smith has apologized to Chris Rock in a video.Credit:AP

“There is no part of me that thinks that was the right way to behave in that moment,” Smith said in the video, in which he was seated in a chair in front of a bookshelf.

“I am deeply remorseful,” Smith added. “I’m trying to be remorseful without being ashamed of myself. I’m a human, and I made a mistake.”

Smith said he had tried to contact Rock and “the message that came back is that he’s not ready to talk”.

“Chris, I apologize to you. My behavior was unacceptable. And I’m here whenever you’re ready to talk,” Smith added.

Less than an hour after the incident, Smith gave a tearful speech on stage as he accepted the best actor award for his role in King Richard, portraying the father of tennis superstars Serena and Venus Williams.

In the new video, Smith addressed the question of why he did not apologize to Rock during his speech.

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