Happy-go-lucky film star Will Smith caused quite a stir last week when a viral video showed the star smacking a reporter for trying to kiss him on the lips. And during a recent stop at ‘The Late Show,” Smith explained to host David Letterman his side of the slap-happy story.
“I didn’t beat up a guy!” the Miami singer said. “No, no. I was in Moscow and … we’re doing an interview and he says, ‘Man’ … he was a reporter and he says, ‘I’m your biggest fan, can I have a hug, please?’” Smith explained.
“So I go to give this joker a hug and he tries to lean in to kiss me, you know? And … it’s just awkward, Dave,” said Smith.
The actor explained that after he smacked the reporter, the people with the man later explained to him that the impromptu kiss was all part of an elaborate plan for a story.
“They were [like] ‘We’re sorry, you know, it’s just his shtick.’ and I said, ‘That’s why his a— got shtick!’” Smith joked.
Watch video of Smith’s interview below and check out some other unfriendly incidents between stars and paparazzi after the cut. – nicholas robinson