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Richard Williams defends actor Will Smith over Oscars slap

Richard Williams defends actor Will Smith over Oscars slap
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The father of tennis champions Venus and Serena Williams has broken his silence to defend Will Smith who smacked Chris Rock in the face at last year’s Oscars ceremony.

The father of Venus and Serena Williams has defended actor Will Smith over his slapping of comedian Chris Rock at the Oscars – marking almost one year since the incident.

Smith, 54, played Richard Williams in the biopic film King Richard, which won him best actor at the 94th Academy Awards last year.

Last year’s ceremony also saw Smith get up on stage and smack Rock in the face following comments the comedian made about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith.

Smith apologised to Rock after the incident but he was given a 10-year ban from attending any academy events or programmes.

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Mr Williams, 81, who has recently recovered from a series of health conditions, shared his support for Smith, saying that he “didn’t feel sorry” for Rock.

“I think he has done the best thing he needed to do, but I would never be disgusted with Mr Smith. Matter of fact, I appreciate Mr Smith,” he told Good Morning Britain.

When asked if he saw any wrongdoing in what happened at the Oscars, Williams said: “I don’t see nothing wrong with that.”


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