Will Smith apologized on social media for punching Chris Rock during the 2022 Oscars, then took to the stage to express his feelings about the moment, equating Smith to Suge Knight, a former Death Row Records executive who is currently in jail.
Rock, 57, said during a performance at Atlantas Fox Theater Friday night. If everyone claims to be a victim, then no one will hear the true victims. Even me getting smacked by Suge Smith I went to work the next day, I had children.
According to People, anyone who claims to have hurt words has never been struck in the face.
The comic is currently touring his new material as part of hisEgo Death World Tour. He also touched on the topic during recent performances in New Jersey and New York, co-headlined by Kevin Hart.
Smith has issued his latest apologies on social media, including apologies to Rock days after the incident when the actor revealed that Rock has refused to speak to him just yet about the moment he considers unacceptable.
I contacted Chris, and the response I received was that he isn't ready to talk, but when he is, he will reach out, Smith said in a video posted on YouTube. I will say to you, Chris, I'm sorry. My behavior was unacceptable, and Im here whenever you're ready to talk.
Smith, 53, apologized to Rock's mother and brother, Tony Rock.
I wasn't aware of how many people were hurt in that moment, he continued. I want to express my sincere thanks to Chris' mother, to the Chris family, and especially his brother Tony.
Tony, who previously worked with Smith on the early aughts sit-com All Of Us, accused Smith of hitting his brother, leaving the Oscar winner with the impression that their relationship is now likely irreparable.
I am adamant about disappointing people, so it hurts psychologically and emotionally to know that I did not live up to peoples' expectations and impressions of me, according to the speaker. The work I am trying to do is I am deeply remorseful, and Im trying to be remorseful without being ashamed of myself.