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Will Smith slaps journalist who tries to kiss him


MOSCOW (AP) _ 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 he thought Sediuk tried to kiss 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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윌 스미스가 기자의 따귀 때린 이유는?

할리우드 스타 윌 스미스가 19일(현지시간) 모스크바에 서 자신에게 키스하려던 우크라이나 남성 리포터의 뺨을 때리는 해프닝이 벌어졌다.

스미스는 이날 자신이 출연한 영화 '맨 인 블랙 3' 시사회장에 들어가기 위해 레드 카펫 위를 걸어가던 도중 우크라이나 텔레비전 채널 1+1의 리포터 비탈리 세두

크가 접근해 키스를 하려하자 그를 밀쳐내며 왼손등으로 뺨을 가볍게 때렸다.     

스미스는 세두크가 자신의 입술에 키스를 하려했다고 주장했으나 그가 겨냥한 곳이 입술인지 아니면 뺨인지는 불분명하다. 

세두크는 지난해 9월 베니스 영화제에서도 마돈나가 전혀 고마워하지 않는 것이 분명한 자주빛 수국 꽃다발을 건네며 "나의 공주"라고 불러 구설에 오른 바 있다.


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