Will Smith slaps male reporter for kissing him

May 20, 2012, 01:16 IST | PTI

Hollywood superstar 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."

Hollywood star Will Smith slapped a Ukrainian reporter after he tried to kiss him on the lips. The incident happened at the Moscow premiere of the 43-year-old actor's latest film Men in Black 3.

The male reporter asked Smith for a hug. The star happily obliged to the request and the man planted a smooch near the actor's lips, E!Online reported.

Taken aback, Smith shoved the man back saying, "Oh, there you go. Oh, hey man. Come on, man. What the hell is your problem, buddy?"

Will Smith
A still from the film 'Men in Black III'.

Just before he walked away, he gave the reporter a light smack on the cheek. Smith quickly regained his composure as he continued to make his way down the red carpet.

"Hey. Sorry, he tried to kiss me in my mouth. This joker's lucky I didn't sucker-punch him," the actor said later.

An eyewitness said that Smith didn't mean harm with his action. "His hand flew up instinctively. He did not want to hit or punish the guy. It was a light incident. Nothing was delayed and no one was escorted out. Will laughed it off and moved on."

The Ukrainian reporter is known in Europe for often trying to kiss stars he interviews.

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