Does Will Smith have a record? If you are to believe the National Enquirer, there was an incident from his youth that he’d rather you not know about. It doesn’t sound as dire as they make it seem, but their job is to sensationalize and mine is to share and laugh at their attempts to spell doom on a decades old incident.
Cops hauled Smith off to jail where he spent time behind bars, and The ENQUIRER has uncovered dramatic details of the embarrassing episode.
“Will has tried desperately to sweep this whole thing under the rug, especially since he has such a squeaky-clean reputation,” said an insider. “The last thing he needs is for this police photo to be published.”
The vicious assault occurred in Smith’s hometown of Philadelphia in March 1989. Just days earlier, the then-20-year-old had won the first Grammy ever awarded for rap as half of the chart-topping duo DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince.
According to police, record promoter William Hendricks got into a quarrel with Smith, who then allegedly instructed his bodyguard, Charles “Charlie Mack” Alston, to “get” Hendricks.
Hendricks, then 38, suffered a fracture of his left eye orbit and required six stitches after the attack. The ENQUIRER tracked down Hendricks, but even after all these years, he still didn’t want to talk about it.
Cops arrested Smith and charged him with aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, simple assault and criminal conspiracy.
“Will had to spend a night in a cell at the West Philadelphia police station with other inmates waking him up all night long and asking for his autograph,” the insider noted.
“It was the worst night of his life. He wants to forget it ever happened.”
And if you were curious, yes there were sprinkles of racism added to the story:
The “Men in Black” star looked like a young thug hanging out with his homeboys when he ran afoul of the law for allegedly being involved in a brutal beat-down that left one man nearly blind, sources say. The charges were later dismissed, but the case was “a huge embarrassment” for Smith, said the insider.
For the record, in the image of Smith used, Will looked like a lost member of Boyz II Men during their “Motownphilly” video shoot.
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