“I reached out to Chris, and the message that came back is he’s not ready to talk, but when he is, he will reach out,” Smith said in the video posted to YouTube. “I will say to you, Chris, I apologise to you. My behaviour was unacceptable, and I’m here whenever you’re ready to talk.”
Smith, 53, also apologised to Rock’s mother and brother Tony Rock.
“That was one of the things about that moment that I didn’t realise,” he continued. “I wasn’t thinking about how many people got hurt in that moment. I want to apologise to Chris’ mother, to Chris’ family, especially his brother, Tony Rock.”
Tony, who previously worked with Smith on early-2000s sitcom All Of Us, took Smith to task over hitting his brother, leaving the Oscar winner with the impression that their relationship is now “probably irreparable.”
“Disappointing people is my central trauma.
“I hate when I let people down, so it hurts psychologically and emotionally to know that I didn’t live up to people’s image and impression of me,” he further explained. “The work I’m trying to do is I am deeply remorseful, and I’m trying to be remorseful without being ashamed of myself.”
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