The Real Richard Williams Condemns Will Smith’s Oscar Slap

King Richard
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The dad of the Williams sisters, whom the actor embodies in the film which earned him his statuette, reacted to Will Smith’s bloodshed on the Oscars stage.

When he took the stage to collect his Oscar, half an hour after slapping Chris Rock, Will Smith discussed his role in The Williams Method, that of the father of Venus and Serena, explaining that “love makes you do crazy things”, in an analogy that obviously did not please the dad of the tennis champions too much.

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The real Richard Williams – what plays Will Smith in the film – reacted to the Oscar-winning actor’s gesture. “We don’t know all the details of what happened between them.”commented at NBC News the King Richard through his son, Chavoita LeSane. “But we don’t tolerate anyone hitting anyone else unless it’s in self-defence.LeSane said his dad was as surprised as anyone by that slap.

Note that Richard Williams has been seriously ill for a few years and it is therefore his son who is now his public representative.

Yesterday, Will Smith formally apologized to Chris Rock.

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