Serena Williams was left in shock after Will Smith punched Chris Rock at the Oscars, just moments before accepting the Best Actor award for his portrayal of her dad.
Will played the role of Serena and Venus Williams’ father, Richard Williams, in the biopic King Richard and scooped an Oscar for the role at the ceremony on Sunday evening.
However, less than an hour earlier, things took a dramatic turn when the 53 year old jumped on stage after comedian Chris made a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith.
Chris made a quip about Jada’s shaved hairstyle and, despite initially being seen laughing, Will then shocked the audience by walking on stage and smacking the comedian around the face.
In defence of his wife, who suffers from alopecia, the actor then angrily shouted: ““Keep my wife’s name out your f**king mouth.”
Shortly after the incident, Serena posted a video of herself looking wide-eyed in disbelief. In a follow-up video, she then told the camera she had to sit down out of shock.
“I just sat down 'cus I was like I gotta put that drink down,” the mum-of-one said, as cheers could be heard in the Oscars screening room behind her.
Serena later shared a video of herself standing right next to Chris Rock, who had his back to her.
She pulled a face at the camera, before looking sheepish and laughing, then walking away.
Will apologised for the incident during his emotional speech after picking up his Best Actor Oscar.
“I’m being called on in my life to love people and to protect people and to be a river to my people,” the father-of-three said, as he wiped away tears.
“Art imitates life. I look like the crazy father, just like they said. I look like the crazy father just like they said about Richard Williams but love will make you do crazy things,” he added, as he apologised to “the Academy” and to “all my fellow nominees”.
Theactor was later seen celebrating his Oscar win at the Vanity Fair after-party.
Will has already won numerous awards for his role in the film where he portrayed Serena and Venus Williams’ father, including best actor at the BAFTA and Critics Choice awards, and Best Actor (drama) at the Golden Globes.
The film gave him his first Oscar win for Best Actor, having been first nominated for the award twenty years ago, for Ali in 2002, and then later in 2007 for The Pursuit of Happyness.
At the star-studded Vanity Fair party, the actor was seen letting loose after his win, posing for selfies, dancing with friends and rapping along to his biggest hits including Summertime and Gettin' Jiggy Wit It into the early hours of the morning.
He was joined by wife Jada and their children, who were seen laughing and dancing by his side.
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