*(CNN) — Will Smith won his first Oscar on Sunday night and apologized to the Academy and others for an earlier incident in which the actor appeared to punch the presenter Chris Rock.
He tearfully accepted the award for his role as Richard Williams, Venus and Serena Williams’ father, in the movie ‘King Richard’. Smith said Williams “was a fierce advocate for his family.”
Smith said: “I know to do what we do you have to be able to take abuse and have people talking about you. In this business, you must have people who disrespect you. And you have to smile and pretend that you’re okay.
Smith also spoke of being a “protector” and thanked tennis legends and their families.
Smith shared that before his victory, his compatriot Denzel Washington shared a wisdom with him: “At your highest moment, be careful, that’s when the devil comes for you.”
Smith ended by saying he hopes the Academy will welcome him back.
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The Los Angeles Police Department confirms to Variety that Chris Rock “refused to file a police report” following an altercation with Will Smith at the 94th Academy Awards. Smith took the stage at the 2022 Oscars and slapped Rock after the comedian made a joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.
A full statement from the Los Angeles Police Department reads: “LAPD investigative entities are aware of an incident between two people during the Oscars program. The incident involved one individual slapping another. The individual involved refused to file a complaint with the police. If the party involved wants a police report at a later date, the LAPD will be available to complete an investigative report.
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