Will Smith Addresses "Awkward" Red-Carpet Kiss (& Slap)

The Men in Black 3 actor laughs off an incident in which he smacked a Ukrainian reporter for attempting to kiss him on the mouth

There's a good chance you've probably already seen the video of Will Smith smacking a Ukrainian reporter after the man tried to kiss him, and now you can see Smith telling his side of the tale. When the Men in Black 3 star visited the Late Show with David Letterman on Tuesday, Letterman jokingly accused Smith of beating up the journalist. See Smith's response in the video below!

"I didn't beat up a guy!" Smith, 43, insisted. "I was in Moscow, we're doing an interview and he says -- you know, he's a reporter -- he says, 'You know, I'm your biggest fan, can I have a hug? Please?' So I go to give this joker a hug, and he leans in to try to kiss me. It's just awkward, Dave."

Smith said that he was later told that the attempted smooch was just part of the Ukrainian reporter's "shtick." "And I said, well that's why his ass got shtuck," Smith explained with a laugh.

The reporter in question, Vitalii Sediuk is indeed notorious for pushing celebrities' buttons. Remember that whole crisis last year when Madonna complained about a gift of hydrangeas at the Venice Film Festival? You guessed it: The same gentleman was responsible.

When Sediuk tried to kiss Smith at the Moscow premiere of Men in Black 3 on Friday, the actor pushed him away, smacked him lightly and ask, "What the hell is your problem, buddy?" Smith then turned to the other journalists present and said, "Hey, sorry, he tried to kiss me on my mouth. He's lucky I didn't sucker punch him." (Watch that video below.)

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