Will Smith was slapped into controversy after he struck Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars. The incident drew in widespread criticism from fans and celebrities alike. He was even handed a 10-year ban from The Academy for his behavior. It appears, the “King Richard” actor is taking the necessary steps to pull himself out of the scandal.
A source told Entertainment Tonight that Smith “has been going to therapy after the Oscars incident.” Smith made international headlines for his outburst toward the 57-year-old comedian at the March 27 event at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California.
The Oscars exchange between Smith and Rock took place after Rock made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head, saying, “Jada, I love you, G.I. Jane 2, can’t wait to see it,” in reference to the 1997 movie which featured Demi Moore with a shaved head. Smith then proceeded to walk onstage and smacked Rock, then returned to his seat and shouted at him twice, “Keep my wife’s name out of your f*cking mouth!” to a stunned audience.
The news of Smith going to therapy sessions comes nearly two weeks after Smith was spotted in public for the first time in India. He arrived at a private airfield in Mumbai on April 23, where a horde of paparazzi awaited his arrival. Smith wore a white T-shirt over a muscle shirt, gray shorts over white compression pants and Jordan sneakers.
Meanwhile, Chris Rock made his return to the stage as part of his stand-up tour just days after the incident at the Oscars, but explained how he wasn’t yet ready to address the slap. Rock also joked about the altercation briefly Tuesday night after comedian Dave Chappelle was attacked onstage at the Hollywood Bowl as he performed as part of the Netflix Is A Joke Festival.
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