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!
[Image via WENN.]