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Reporter Who Was Slapped By Will Smith Reacts To Chris Rock Oscar Incident

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Reporter Who Was Slapped By Will Smith Reacts To Chris Rock Oscar Incident

The reporter who was once slapped by Will Smith on a red carpet has reacted to that incident at yesterday’s Oscars, joking that the A-lister had ‘practiced’ on him first. Watch what happened to the reporter here: 

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Last night, 27 March, Smith made headlines after storming onto the stage and slapping Chris Rock after the comedian made a joke about his wife Jada

After returning to his seat, Smith shouted angrily up to Rock: "Keep my wife's name out your f**king mouth." 

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But it’s not the first time Smith has been caught on camera dishing out a slap, having done the same to a Ukrainian reporter who tried to kiss him at the Moscow premiere of Men In Black III back in 2012. 

Vitalii Sediuk – who is also a self-proclaimed prankster – had asked the star for a hug, but ended up going in for a kiss. 

Credit: Associated Press
Credit: Associated Press

Needless to say, it didn’t go down well with Smith, who pushed him away before slapping Sediuk with the back of his left hand. 

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Sediuk, 33, has since reacted to Smith’s latest incident, having compared the two moments with photos on Instagram. 

He wrote: “But @willsmith practiced on me first, only to perform his slap at the Oscars.” 

Smith later explained himself in an interview with David Letterman, who asked him why he ‘beat up a guy who was trying to hug’ him. 

Credit: Instagram/Vitalii Sediuk
Credit: Instagram/Vitalii Sediuk
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Smith replied: "I didn't beat up a guy!" 

He recalled: “He says, 'I'm your biggest fan, can I have a hug?' 

“So I go to give this joker a hug, and he tries to lean in and kiss me!” 

Sediuk apologised to Smith afterwards, but has since tried to repeat the stunt on other celebs – including Brad Pitt, who went on to get a restraining order against him. 

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In January 2014, he also grabbed Bradley Cooper around the legs at the 20th Screen Actors Guild Awards, before also burying his face in Leonardo DiCaprio’s groin a month later at the Santa Barbara Film Festival. 

After crawling under America Fererra’s gown at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, Sediuk was fired by Ukrainian TV channel 1+1. 

Featured Image Credit: Associated Press

Topics: Celebrity, TV and Film, Will Smith, Chris Rock

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