Will Smith‘s mother has now spoken out, saying that the slap was uncharacteristic of her son, as more celebrities continue to weigh in on SlapGate.
In an interview with ABC6 Philadelphia, The Smith family gathered in their home to watch and celebrate the Academy Awards, with her son winning Best Actor for his part in King Richard.
When she saw her son slap comedian Chris Rock in the face on television, she was shocked, and it was the first time she’d seen her son “go off” like that to anyone.
“He is a very even people person. And that’s the first time I’ve ever seen him go off. The first time in his lifetime. I’ve never seen him do that. He would talk if something’s going on, to take off, I’ve never seen it…
“He’s a people person and he has never tried to ‘I’m going to do this to hurt you’ just because he’s never been like that.”
She also talked about how the whole family dressed up like they were attending the ceremony in Los Angeles, how happy she was when her son won the prize, and how emotional she and the rest of the family were during his acceptance speech when he dedicated parts of it to her.
“I felt just like I screamed, that’s what I’ve felt. It was a long time coming it was well deserving…
“…My buttons popped out. I was just pleased by my baby. I know how he works, how hard he works. And he never half-steps”.
Smith has apologized for his conduct since the incident, acknowledging that he was incorrect. Smith has been condemned by several celebrities, including OJ Simpson, Richard Williams, and Zoë Kravitz.
Although Rock hasn’t publicly commented on the situation, his brother, Tony Rock, has confirmed that Rock and Smith haven’t spoken since the Oscars.
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