Denzel Washington has shared his views on Will Smith’s slapping at the Oscars after consoling him immediately afterwards.
Washington was one of the first to speak to the actor after the incident, which saw the actor take to the stage to punch Chris Rock after he made a joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.
While Smith claimed he was defending Pinkett Smith from a joke about her alopecia diagnosis, a source close to Rock says he had “no idea” about it. Smith, who faces disciplinary action from the Academy, announced his resignation from the awards office on Friday (April 1).
On Saturday (April 2), Washington spoke publicly on the matter for the first time at a leadership summit in Washington DC. During Smith’s tearful Best Actor speech, which he gave after winning King Richard Within an hour of her hit Rock, the actor said Washington told him, “Be careful in your highest moments; then the devil will come for you.”
Accordingly meeting, Washington, confirmed his comments to Smith, saying of the incident, “There’s a saying when the devil ignores you, then you know you’re doing something wrong. The devil says, ‘Oh no, leave him alone, he’s my darling.’
“Conversely, if the devil attacks you, maybe it’s because he’s trying to do something right. And for some reason the devil got hold of him that night.”
Washington said he and Smith prayed after the actor met Rock.
“Fortunately there were people there, not only me but also others. Tyler Perry came to me immediately. Some prayers,” Washington said.
“I don’t want to say what we talked about – but unless, for God’s sake, each of us is going. Who should we judge? I don’t know all the details of this situation, but I do know that the only solution was prayer. As I saw it. How I see it.”
After Smith apologized to Rock, the comedian said he was “still processing” what happened during his first stand-up show since the incident on Wednesday (March 30).
Find out exactly what Smith’s Academy resignation means for his future at the Oscars here.
Footage showing Pinkett Smith’s reaction to the incident surfaced online days after the incident. Meanwhile, a video showing Rock looking dazed immediately after the goal was shared on social media.
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