A new video of Jada Pinkett Smith's reaction to Will Smith's assault on Chris Rock at the Oscars 2022 has sent the Internet machine into overdrive—here's why.
If you thought the 94th Academy Awards drama was finally over, think again.
New footage of Will Smith slapping host Chris Rock on Sunday evening has surfaced online, offering yet another perspective on perhaps one of the most controversial Oscars moments of all time.
In the 45-second clip, which was taken by an attendee in the audience of the awards show, the A-list married couple can be seen from a behind angle.
Jada appears to bend forward in laughter as Chris jokes, "Will Smith just smacked the sh*t out of me," right after the Hollywood legend hit the comedian for joking about his wife's alopecia.
She then resumes a still position while Will shouts, "Keep my wife's name out of your f*cking mouth" twice at the baffled host. The shocking confrontation occurred shortly before the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star won the Oscar for Best Actor for his portrayal of Serena and Venus Williams' father, Richard, in the 2021 biopic, King Richard.
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Will tearfully apologized to the Academy and his fellow nominees in his acceptance speech, before issuing a public apology to Chris Rock—who declined to file charges—the following day.
Jada broke her silence on the controversy on Wednesday, taking to Instagram to say she's embracing a 'season for healing.'
Chris Rock has also addressed the assault, making a brief reference to it during his stand-up show at the Wilbur Theatre in Boston yesterday.
"I don't have a bunch of s*** to say about that, so if you came here for that...I had written a whole show before this weekend," he said.
"I'm still processing what happened, so at some point, I'll talk about that s***. It'll be serious. It'll be funny, but right now I'm going to tell some jokes."
It has also since been confirmed by the Academy—which has launched a formal review into the incident—that Will Smith was asked to leave the ceremony after the assault, but 'refused.'
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