Will Smith makes 1st public appearance in India after Oscars drama
Will Smith is out and about again. Nearly one month after Will Smith made headlines for slapping Chris Rock at the 94th annual Academy Awards, the King Richard star made his first public outing, reports USMagazine.
According to the report, Smith, 53, was photographed taking selfies with fans during a trip to Mumbai, India, on Saturday, April 23.
The outlet says that The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air alum’s Saturday outing marked the first time he was photographed since the Oscars last month. During the ceremony, the 57-year-old comedian joked that Jada Pinkett Smith — who wed the Ali star in 1997 — could star in a potential G.I. Jane sequel due to her shaved head. (The Maryland native, 50, has been candid about her struggles with alopecia and hair loss.) While Pinkett Smith subtly rolled her eyes at the joke, Smith strolled on stage and smacked Rock across the face.
The Grown Ups actor declined to press charges against Smith — who won the coveted Leading Actor trophy on March 27 — before the Philadelphia native issued a public apology for his actions.
“Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive,” Smith wrote in a social media statement on March 28. “My behaviour at last night’s Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable. … 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. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness.”