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Will Smith slaps journalist who tried to kiss him

By Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 07:35 a.m. HST, May 19, 2012


MOSCOW >>  Hollywood star Will Smith slapped a male television reporter who he said tried to kiss him on the lips as he walked down the red carpet for the Moscow premiere of "Men in Black III."

The reporter from the Ukrainian television channel 1+1, Vitalii Sediuk, made headlines at the Venice Film Festival in September when he presented a bouquet of clearly unappreciated purple hydrangeas to Madonna and called her "my princess."

Smith was even less charmed by the reporter, who approached him on the carpet outside the movie theater on Friday night and tried to kiss him.

"C'mon man, what the hell is your problem buddy?" Smith said as he pushed Serdiuk away and slapped him lightly across the cheek with the back of his left hand.

"He's lucky I didn't sucker punch him," Smith said to the crowd of journalists and fans. "Oh, I said that on camera. It's all good."

He said Serdiuk kissed him on the mouth, but it was not clear whether the reporter intended to do so or was aiming for his cheek as Smith swiveled to avoid him.

Madonna rebuffed Sediuk rather ungraciously in Venice, saying: "I absolutely loathe hydrangeas." She stashed the flowers under a table before beginning a press conference.

She later made a short silent video called "Madonna's love letter to hydrangeas." The video begins with a sarcastic apology and concludes with subtitles reading "I'm left with the feeling that I still hate hydrangeas."







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news333 wrote:
Minimal force in response to minimal threat. Let's move on.
on May 19,2012 | 03:55AM
Manapua_Man wrote:
yuck.
on May 19,2012 | 08:40AM
jm3 wrote:
Its obvious that the reporter was trying to get to his lips... good job Will!!
on May 19,2012 | 09:39AM
8082062424 wrote:
will did the right thing.
on May 19,2012 | 10:10AM
Peacenik wrote:
Wow, America's goodwill ambassadors, Will and Madonna.
on May 19,2012 | 11:08AM
primowarrior wrote:
He slapped the guy? I would have punched him.
on May 19,2012 | 02:00PM
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