Denzel Washington Breaks Silence After Will Smith’s Oscars Slap

Speak up After Will SmithSlapped Chris RockAt the 94th Annual Academy Awards Denzel WashingtonOther Hollywood friends were quick and comforting to the victim King Richard star.

“There’s a saying when the devil ignores you, then you know you’re doing something wrong,” Washington, 67, said during a panel at the T.D. Jakes Leadership Summit, Saturday, April 2, via The Wrap’s livestream. “The devil goes, ‘Oh no leave him alone, he’s my favorite.’ Conversely, when the devil comes at you, maybe it’s because he’s trying to do something right. And for whatever reason, the devil got a hold of him that night.”

On Sunday, March 27, the Oscars will take place. Everyone Hates Chris creator made headlines after joking about Jada pinkett Smith — who wed the 53-year-old Philadelphia native in 1997 — and her shaved head. Rock, 57, joked that Pinkett Smith (50) could star in a possible movie. G.I. Jane sequel. The Maryland native, who has shaved her head as a result of her battle against alopecia, rolled their eyes during the broadcast. Smith, on the other hand, stormed onto the Dolby Theatre stage, and smacked Rock across his face.

“Keep my wife’s name out your f—king mouth,” Smith yelled after returning to his seat. Washington was among the many stars who attempted to make peace shortly after the incident. Tyler Perry Diddy.

“No way I could have sat in my seat,” the Macbeth’s Tragic End star, who was nominated for Best Lead Actor during the awards show, said on Saturday. “That’s just not who I am. … Fortunately, there were people there, not just me but others, [like] Tyler Perry, came immediately right over there with me.”


Tyler Perry, Will Smith, Denzel Washington
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While the Fences star declined to reveal the specific details of the actors’ conversation, he noted that they offered Smith prayers.

“Who are we to condemn? I don’t know all the ins and outs of this situation, but I know the only solution was prayer, the way I saw it, the way I see it,” Washington added.

Smith won the Best Lead Actor trophy, despite Rock being kept apart by the Academy for the duration of this ceremony. Richard Williams — the father of Serena Williams Venus Williams — in King Richard.

“Denzel said a few minutes ago, ‘At your highest moment, be careful, that’s when the devil comes for you,’” Smith recalled of his conversation with Washington while accepting the trophy. “It’s like, I want to be a vessel for love. … That’s what I want to do. I want to be an ambassador of that kind of love and care and concern.”

While Us Weekly Smith acknowledged that Rock declined to file an incident report with the police. Smith has publicly apologised for his actions and resigned as an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences member.

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