Denzel Washington has made his first public comments about Will Smith slapping Chris Rock during the 94th Academy Awards.
While appearing on a panel at pastor T.D. Jakes’ annual International Leadership Summit on Saturday, the 67-year-old actor explained why he got up after witnessing Smith’s response to a joke made onstage by Rock.
“No way I could have sat in my seat,” the Tragedy of Macbeth star said during the event live streamed by The Wrap. “That’s just not who I am.”
Washington, Tyler Perry, and Bradley Cooper were among the stars seen speaking with the King Richard actor, 53, shortly after he hit Rock, 57, over a joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, appearing in a possible sequel for the 1997 film G.I. Jane (Pinkett Smith, 50, publicly revealed that she has alopecia in 2018).
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