Actor Will Smith says “bottled” rage led him to slap comedian Chris Rock on stage at the Oscars in March.
The actor has been interviewed for the first time since the incident, which he described as “a horrific night”.
Appearing on Trevor Noah’s TV programme, The Daily Show said: “I was going through something that night, you know?
Smith added “Not that that justifies my behaviour at all.” that there were “many nuances and complexities to it”, but added: “I just lost it.”
Smith stormed the stage at the Hollywood award ceremony after Rock made a joke about his wife’s shaved head hair loss condition alopecia.
In July he posted a video on his YouTube channel, answering questions that appeared to be written by fans about the Academy Awards. Before that time, he had only issued written statements about the altercation.
Smith, who received this year’s best actor award after the slap, said the idea that his new film would be “tainted” during the upcoming awards season by his actions was “killing me dead”.
The 54-year-old has been banned from attending the Oscars for 10 years and has also resigned from the Academy, which organizes the ceremony.
Asked in a separate interview what he would say to critics claiming it was too soon for him to be promoting his work, he replied: “I completely understand that if you know someone is not ready.
“I would absolutely respect that and allow them their space to not be ready. “My deepest concern is my team. The people on this team have done some of the best work their entire careers, and my deepest hope is that my actions don’t penalize my team.”
Writing by Tersoo Nicholas