May 24th, 2012
09:28 AM ET
Will Smith may have gotten a little .... combative, shall we say, with a reporter on the red carpet last week after said journalist planted one on the "Men in Black III" actor. But it's not like he beat him up.
Smith clarified as much on David Letterman's "Late Show" Tuesday night, explaining that he was in the midst of an interview in Moscow when the journalist asked for a hug.
"He said, 'I'm your biggest fan, can I have a hug, please,'" Smith recalled. "So I leaned in to give this joker a hug, and he like, leaned in to kiss me. It's just awkward, Dave."
Awkward it was, as the world's now seen the video that shows Smith giving said reporter/loving fan what appears to be a light slap in the face.
On the red carpet that day, "They were like 'Oh, no, we're sorry, you know, it's just his schtick,'" the actor said, adding, "And that's why his a** got schtuck."
Well, at least now he can laugh about it.
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