'It's time to forgive Will Smith' - Richard Williams defends actor over Oscars slap

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The begetter of Venus and Serena Williams has defended histrion Will Smith implicit his slapping of comedian Chris Rock astatine the Oscars - marking astir 1 twelvemonth since the incident.

Smith, 54, played Richard Williams successful the biopic movie King Richard, which won him champion histrion astatine the 94th Academy Awards past year.

Last year's ceremonial besides saw Smith get up connected signifier and smack Rock successful the look pursuing comments the comedian made astir his woman Jada Pinkett Smith.

Smith apologised to Rock aft the incidental but helium was fixed a 10-year prohibition from attending immoderate academy events oregon programmes.

Mr Williams, 81, who has precocious recovered from a bid of wellness conditions, shared his enactment for Smith, saying that helium "didn't consciousness sorry" for Rock.

"I deliberation helium has done the champion happening helium needed to do, but I would ne'er beryllium disgusted with Mr Smith. Matter of fact, I admit Mr Smith," helium told Good Morning Britain.

When asked if helium saw immoderate wrongdoing successful what happened astatine the Oscars, Williams said: "I don't spot thing incorrect with that."

He added: "It's clip for everyone to forgive Will Smith."

Will Smith hits Chris Rock during the Oscars ceremony

Image: Will Smith hits Chris Rock during the Oscars ceremony

The interrogation comes a time aft Rock made comments astir the slap during his Netflix peculiar Chris Rock: Selective Outrage.

He said: "You each cognize what happened to me, getting smacked by Suge Smith. Everybody knows. Yes it happened, I got smacked similar a twelvemonth ago.

"People were like, did it hurt? It inactive hurts. I got Summertime ringing successful my ears. But I'm not a unfortunate baby, you'll ne'er spot maine connected Oprah crying. You volition ne'er spot it. Never going to happen.

"I took that deed similar (former boxer Manny) Pacquiao."

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