Will Smith was spotted at an airport in the Indian city of Mumbai on Saturday, his first public appearance since the Oscars, where he approached presenter Chris Rock and slapped him in the face after the comedian cracked a joke about his wife, the actress Jada Pinkett, Smith had made.
Indian photographer Viral Bhayani released a short video clip of the actor waving and smiling at the paparazzi at Mumbai’s Kalina Airport. The actor also took photos with fans at the airport. Bhayani said Smith is staying in the Juhu district.
That Hindustan times reported that the actor was staying at the JW Marriott Hotel in Juhu and would be leaving town on Saturday.
On April 1, Smith resigned from the Academy. He said in his resignation letter: “I have responded directly to the Academy’s disciplinary hearing and will fully accept any consequences for my conduct. My actions at the 94th Academy Awards were shocking, painful and inexcusable.”
Smith won the Best Actor award that same night.
“I betrayed the academy’s trust. I deprived other nominees and winners of the opportunity to celebrate and be celebrated for their extraordinary work. I’m heartbroken,” he said.
On Friday, Jada Pinkett Smith said at the beginning Conversation at the Red Table‘s In the new season, the Smith family focuses on healing.
The 50-year-old actor said: “In light of what has happened over the past few weeks, the Smith family has been focused on deep healing. Some of the discoveries surrounding our healing will be shared when the time calls.”
It’s not clear why Smith is in India, but this isn’t his first trip to the country.
In 2020, Indian spiritual leader Sadhguru, the founder of the Isha Foundation, shared a behind-the-scenes video on Instagram of him arriving at Smith’s house on his bicycle.
The actor said after the meeting, “Sadhguru is in town. I’ve been following him for a while. He has written a wonderful book called Inner Engineering. I want my family to meet spiritual people and start interacting with people who are not attached to the material world.” It is possible that this is a spiritual journey, as Bhayani’s video features a saffron-colored monk next to Smith.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/will-smith-first-appearance-slap-b2063922.html Will Smith has made his first public appearance since the Oscars at Mumbai Airport in India