Jada Pinkett Smith breaks silence after Will Smith Oscars slap

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Jada Pinkett Smith attends the 2022 Vanity Fair Oscars After-Party.
Jada Pinkett Smith attends the 2022 Vanity Fair Oscars After-Party.
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  • Jada Pinkett Smith took to Instagram on Tuesday in her first public comments since husband Will Smith slapped comic Chris Rock at the Oscars.
  • "This is a season for healing and I'm here for it," the post read.
  • The brief statement came less than 24 hours after Smith issued an apology over the attack at Sunday's glitzy Hollywood ceremony.


Jada Pinkett Smith took to Instagram on Tuesday in her first public comments since husband Will Smith slapped comic Chris Rock at the Oscars.

"This is a season for healing and I'm here for it," the post read, which had been liked more than 65 000 times within the first couple of hours.

There was no elaboration and comments on the post were restricted at the time of posting.

The brief statement came less than 24 hours after Smith issued an apology to Rock over the attack at Sunday's glitzy Hollywood ceremony.

In a shocking episode broadcast live around the world, Smith stormed onstage and hit Rock for a joke about at his wife's expense.

Pinkett Smith has alopecia, a condition that causes her to lose hair.

Stunned Oscar attendees were initially unsure if the powerful slap was part of a skit, until Smith shouted profanities from his seat.

Rock managed to return to the awards, but the atmosphere at the event had shifted unmistakably.

Moments later, Smith won the Oscar for best actor, giving a tearful speech in which he claimed: "Love will make you do crazy things."

Trade title Variety reported Tuesday that the Oscars TV audience grew by more than 600 000 during Smith's speech.

On Monday, as the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences said they were probing the assault with view to possible sanctions, Smith said sorry.

"I would like to publicly apologise 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," the King Richard star wrote on Instagram.

"Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive. My behaviour at last night's Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable," Smith said.

There has been no public comment so far from Rock and no immediate reply to AFP queries to his representatives.

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