|Will Smith in 1989|
It has been revealed that in the year 1989 Will Smith was arrested over an alleged vicious assault which took place in Philadelphia.
According to reports, Smith – who at the time of the arrest was 20 – was involved in an argument which resulted in a man almost losing sight in one eye.
The charges against the actor, which were later dismissed, included aggravated assault, criminal conspiracy, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.
The assault on record promoter William Hendricks took place in the days following on from Smith receiving the first rap Grammy award (an award by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the US to recognize outstanding achievement in the music industry).
The initial story alleges that a police report states Smith asked his bodyguard Charles Alston to ‘attack’ Hendricks.
Hendricks was left needing six stitches after he fractured his left eye orbit during the attack.
A source is quoted as having said: “Will Smith had to spend a night in the cell at the West Philadelphia police station with other inmates waking him up all night long and asking for his autograph. It was the worst night of his life. He wants to forget it ever happened.”
- “Let He Who Is Without Sin Cast The First Stone” kind of story… However, assaulting another human being is outrageous and inexcusable, even if it is a “youth mistake”.
- What do you think?