In a new TikTok video filmed at Sunday night’s Academy Awards, Jada Pinkett Smith appears to laugh after her husband Will Smith slapped comedian Chris Rock.
The clip — recorded by someone in the audience who was seated a few rows behind the Smiths — started making the rounds late Wednesday, racking up more than 380,000 views on Instagram.
“Here is an angle most people have not seen. Look at Jada’s reaction,” Instagram user @akademiks wrote in a caption of the video. “#jadapinkettsmith laughing at #chrisrock getting smacked by her husband.”
Smith stormed the stage after Rock made a joke about his wife’s shaved head comparing her look to Demi Moore’s buzzed head in G.I. Jane. At first, it appeared to be a bit, but it quickly became apparent it wasn’t when Smith smacked Rock and then marched back to his seat.
Pinkett Smith suffers from alopecia, which causes baldness and hair loss.
“Wow, Will Smith just smacked the s—out of me,” Rock says from the stage as Pinkett Smith rocks with laughter from her seat.
“Keep my wife’s name out your f—ing mouth!” Smith roared as he sat back down.
“Wow, dude, it was a G.I. Jane joke,” Rock replied, before declaring, “That was the greatest night in the history of television,” which seemingly elicited another laugh from Pinkett Smith.
The new vantage point of the altercation comes as Rock broke his silence on the incident during a stand-up appearance Wednesday night.
“How was your weekend?” he reportedly began his sold-out show in Boston. “I don’t have a bunch of shit about what happened, so if you came to hear that, I have a whole show I wrote before this weekend. I’m still kind of processing what happened. So, at some point I’ll talk about that s—. And it will be serious and funny.”
The Smiths haven’t commented on the new footage, but both issued responses on their respective social media pages. Smith apologized to Rock Monday night saying he “reacted emotionally,” while his wife posted a message saying she is ready for “healing.”
Meanwhile, the Academy revealed Wednesday that Smith was asked to leave the Oscar ceremony after hitting Rock but refused.
“Things unfolded in a way we could not have anticipated,” the Academy said. “While we would like to clarify that Mr. Smith was asked to leave the ceremony and refused, we also recognize we could have handled the situation differently.”
But a source told TMZ that Smith was never asked to leave. There was a split among officials with some wanting him “booted” and others who did not.
“They never reached a consensus,” TMZ reported.
The website added that the show’s producer, Will Packer, allegedly said to Smith, “We do not want you to leave.”
But the Academy revealed it has started a process that could lead to the Best Actor winner’s expulsion from the group. Smith’s upcoming slave drama Emancipation is tipped to be an awards contender next year.
Oscars co-hosts Amy Schumer and Wanda Sykes said they were disgusted by Smith’s behavior.
“Still triggered and traumatized,” Schumer wrote in an Instagram post. “Waiting for this sickening feeling to go away from what we all witnessed.”
Sykes also said the incident was “sickening” in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, adding that she felt Smith should have been removed from the ceremony before he got a chance to accept his Oscar for playing the father of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams in King Richard.
“For them to let him stay in that room and enjoy the rest of the show and accept his award, I was like how gross is this? This is just the wrong message,” she said.