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Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith enjoyed an afternoon together in Malibu on Saturday, the first since millions of viewers saw him punch Chris Rock during the live broadcast of the Oscars in March.
Smith, 53, wore a navy blue ensemble with a matching hat to lunch at the trendy Nobu sushiplek on the Pacific Coast Highway with his wife of nearly 25 years.
Jada rocked in a black jumpsuit with a red plaid flannel jacket around her waist as she closely followed her husband as she exited the oceanfront restaurant.
The pair have largely stayed out of the spotlight since Smith punched Rock in the face before the comedian handed out an award during the live broadcast of the 94th Academy Awards. Seconds earlier, Rock told a joke about Jada.
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Smith stormed onto the stage after Rock joked about Jada’s bald head in a reference to “GI Jane.” Pinkett Smith had previously spoken about her struggle with alopecia, an autoimmune disease that causes hair loss.
After the incident, Smith received the Best Actor award for his work in “King Richard,” after which he apologized for his actions.
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Days later, the “Independence Day” star announced his resignation from the Academy in a statement to Fox News Digital, saying he had “breached the trust of the Academy”.
“I have responded immediately to the academy’s disciplinary hearing and I will fully accept any consequences for my conduct,” he said.
“My actions during the 94th Academy Awards presentation were shocking, painful and unforgivable. The list of those I have hurt is long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, all in attendance and global audiences at home. violated the trust of the academy.”
Smith added that he “robbed other nominees and winners” of their chance to be celebrated and said he will accept further ramifications from the board.
“I am devastated,” he said. “I want to bring attention back to those who deserve attention for their achievements and allow the academy to get back to the incredible work it does to support creativity and artistry in film. So I say my membership to the Academy of Motion Picture on Arts and Sciences, and will accept such further consequences as the Board deems appropriate.”
After his resignation, which was accepted by the Academy, Smith was banned from attending Oscars events and shows for 10 years.
In July, Smith filmed a YouTube video delving into the event, revealing that he’d reached out to Rock to talk about the incident, but claimed the comedian isn’t ready to sit down with him. He also spent the five-minute video apologizing to Rock and others, including Rose Rock.
“I want to apologize to Chris’s mother,” Smith said. “I saw an interview Chris’s mom did, and, you know, that was one of the things at the time. I just didn’t realize it, and, you know, I wasn’t thinking, but how many people got hurt on that moment,” said Smith.
Rock’s mom, Rose, initially said, “When Will hit Chris, he hit all of us, but he really hit me.”
“So I want to apologize to Chris’s mom,” Smith continued. “I want to apologize to Chris’ family. Specifically, Tony Rock [Chris’ younger brother]. You know, we had a great relationship. Tony Rock was my husband. And this is probably irreparable.”
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For his part, Chris has used the punch to have a talking point on his most recent “Ego Death World Tour,” comparing Smith to former Death Row Records co-founder Marion “Suge” Knight, who is currently a 28 years in prison after advocating no contest against voluntary manslaughter in 2018 after a fatal clash in Los Angeles in 2015.
“Everyone is trying to be a fucking victim,” Rock said via People magazine. “If everyone claims to be a victim, then no one will hear the real victims. Even if I get beaten by Suge Smith… I went to work the next day, I had children.”
“Anyone who says words hurt has never been punched in the face,” he added, words he repeated on a previous show while recently touring with Kevin Hart on “Only Headliners Allowed”, a show that also featured Dave Chappelle.
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