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Reporter Apologizes For Trying To Kiss Will Smith!

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Hopefully everyone can just write this one off as one of those misunderstandings that got lost in translation!

There's been quite a bit of hooplah in the media regarding Will Smith's recent outburst on the red carpet at the Moscow premiere of Men In Black III when he slapped a reporter for trying to kiss him, and now, the man responsible is speaking out…and would like to apologize to the actor for his behavior!

Ukrainian journalist Vitalii Sediuk explains:

"After having the possibility to think and analyze everything that happened, now I do apologize for my behavior. But I still hope for other meeting…I think it was too much…I can say it was it was an emotional impulse. Will Smith is a person whom I deeply respect as an actor, I've been watching him since my childhood and of course when I met him in Moscow finally I just wanted to do something, not extraordinary, but to impress him. We have Slovak tradition, and of course I don't do that often - I don't kiss every man or woman when I meet him or her on the street - but that time I decided to do that…I don't take offense and of course we have different mentalities, ethics, stuff like that, and it's not a big deal for me to say, 'I'm sorry, Will. It was a splash of emotion. It was an emotional moment, and I'm sorry for that.' Next time if I meet him, I'll just shake his hand and then we'll be fine. I can't say that I did it for fame, I've interviewed Madonna, I've interviewed Bill Clinton."

Again, we think both parties could have handled the situation differently!

Will obviously didn't need to use his hands to tell him to back off, but the reporter, if having interviewed celebrities in the past, should have known better than to get in his personal space like that without consent - or at least a warning!

Glad to hear that he doesn't seem too phased by the whole debacle, though!

Now moving on, please!

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9 comments to “Reporter Apologizes For Trying To Kiss Will Smith!”

  1. 1

    "Again, we think both parties could have handled the situation differently!" WTF? The only way Smith should have handled that situation differently was to punch that reporter right in the fucking mouth. The dude was trying to force himself on Smith, and though calling it an "assault" might be a bit extreme, his action DOES fall within the legal definition. So, Mario(n), you fault Smith for his reaction to being assaulted? There is NO EXCUSE for what the reporter did, and I think Smith showed remarkable restraint. You're a real asshole.

  2. 2

    if i would have been smith i would have brought my knee hard, very hard, up between that reporter's legs…if he wants to kiss smith, then let him get a vag…

  3. 3

    In the reporters' culture it is a sign of respect. 2 kisses on either cheek is not abnormal! Smith slapping him was out of line.

  4. Jeff says – reply to this


    this was not a 'misunderstanding that got lost in translation'. The reporter does this to get a reaction. I do not blame Will for slapping him. If you don't know someone regardless of gender and they are trying to kiss you on the mouth, it's inappropriate. No matter where you are from. Kissing on the cheek is one thing, but not the mouth.

  5. Jeff says – reply to this


    Re: cojo_says – he tried to kiss him on the MOUTH. Have you even seen the clip? He was fine till the guy went for the mouth.

  6. alec H says – reply to this


    Will smith is a d bag, and most likely a homophobe for smacking that reporter.. it's customary to kiss someone on the cheek over there.. he's such an a-hole

  7. Velyna says – reply to this


    I believe what this guy is saying. For many eastern europeans this is an old tradition. You don't do it with everyone obviously but sometimes you do 3 kisses, 1 on each cheek and 1 on the lips. I think he ment to do it out of respect but forgot that not many people from NA would recognize this as a tradition and it out of respect. It's a peck on the lips nothing sexual at all. I could totally understand his excitement by seeing him and his misjudgement on that. It's good that he appoligized though. I like Will I think he is a diva but I like him none the less. I wish he didn't slap that reporter, pushing him away was good enough. Hopefully Will will let this guy interview him one day so he can appoligize in person and so he can have a fresh start with him.

  8. L says – reply to this


    I think Perez has been hard on Will Smith. Honestly that was a pat on the face. I wouldn't call it a smack let alone 'violence'. He didn't even say anything cruel to the guy, which he could of in the heat of that moment. Trying to force a french kiss on someone is harassment . But of course that hasn't come across in any of the reports on this site…. Will Smith was violent and the other guy should have asked 'permission'….yeah okay 'eye roll'.

  9. Vin says – reply to this


    Yeah but in Will Smith's culture, it is not normal to invades someone's personal space like the reporter did.