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Attending Awards Show, Will Smith Asked to Check Hands at Door

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA — Appearing for the first time at an awards show since the Oscars, Will Smith was asked to check his hands at the door before being allowed to take his seat at the African American Film Critics Association Awards Wednesday.

The actor was searched by security personnel and was asked to forfeit any other “instruments of discipline” he had on his person. Security found a bar of soap in his back pocket, and although Smith denies it, organizers say they believe he may have intended to use it as a means of washing his wife’s name out of the mouth of a presenting comedian. Along with confiscating his hands and soap, Smith was asked if he’d politely remove his tie and exchange his belt for a cummerbund.

At the printing of this newsletter, Smith was seen sitting on the curb outside the event putting the laces back in his shoes before getting into a cab.


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