Washington was a guest and speaker at the Bishop TD Jakes Leadership Summit on Saturday. During the two-hour discussion about Faith and his award-winning acting career, Washington was asked about the infamous slap and what happened next.
“Well, there’s an old saying that when the devil ignores you, you know you’re doing something wrong,” Washington said in a video clip from the exchange posted on Jakes’ authenticated Twitter account.
“You know, the devil says, ‘Oh, no, leave him alone, he’s my favourite.'” Do not disturb him. “On the other hand, when Satan comes to you, it may be because you are trying to do something right. For whatever reason, Satan has taken control of those circumstances that night.”
Shortly after the incident, Smith won his first Academy Award and offered his apologies to the Academy and others for the earlier incident.
Washington said during a discussion Saturday that he and actor and producer Tyler Perry arrived with Smith after the incident.
“Fortunately, there were people, not just me, but others in the gap,” Washington told Jakes. “Tyler Perry came right away, there with me.”
Washington did not disclose what the three men spoke or prayed about after the incident.
“Who are we to owe?” asked Washington. “I don’t know all the details of the situation, but I know that the only solution is prayer.”
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