Jada Pinkett Smith smiles in first public appearance since Will Smith’s slap in the face

Jada Pinkett Smith with Shonda Rhimes and Debbie Allen

Jada makes her first public appearance and has shown no sign of stress after a shocking few weeks (Image: REX/Shutterstock)

Jada Pinkett Smith looked happy and relaxed on her first red carpet appearance since her husband Will Smith controversially slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars.

The Gotham actress put on a brave face and beamed as she walked the red carpet for the grand opening of Debbie Allen and Shonda Rhimes’ Center for the Performing Arts in Los Angeles, California on Saturday night.

Shimmering gold Jada, 50, looked radiant in a strapless floor-length dress and smiled widely while posing for photos with Rhimes and Allen.

She also posed on the red carpet with Samuel L. Jackson and his wife LaTanya Jackson – coincidentally the actor received an honorary Oscar this year hours before the shocking incident between Will and Chris unfolded.

It all started during the Academy Awards on March 27 when Chris, 57, took to the stage to present the Oscar for Best Documentary.

In his brief monologue, the comedian made jokes about the Smiths, including a gag about Jada’s hair resembling GI Jane, despite the actress suffering from alopecia.

Jada Pinkett Smith with Shonda Rhimes and Debbie Allen

The Girls Trip actress attended the opening of Shonda Rhimes (left) and Debbie Allen’s Center for the Performing Arts (Image: Rex Features)

Jada Pinkett-Smith with Shonda Rhimes and Debbie Allen, Samuel L Jackson and LaTanya Jackson

They were joined by Samuel L Jackson and his wife LaTanya Jackson (Image: Rex Features)

After seeing Jada’s unimpressed expression, Will, 53, suddenly stormed onto the stage and punched Chris in the face before returning to his seat. He then yelled twice, “Keep my wife’s name out of your damn mouth.”

The I Am Legend star was allowed to stay during the ceremony and later won Best Actor for his role in King Richard.

Jada Pinkett Smith with Shonda Rhimes and Debbie Allen

Jada shone in a shimmering gold dress (Image: Rex Features)

Will Smith beats Chris Rock at the Oscars

Will shocked the world when he slapped Chris in the face for a joke at the Oscars (Image: Invision/AP)

In the days that followed, Will publicly apologized to Chris and resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science.

However, the academy has drawn its own conclusions and on Friday it was announced that Will had been banned from attending the Oscars and other academy events for 10 years.

Chris is yet to fully address the shocking incident, previously saying he’s “still processing it all” and would eventually speak about it in a “serious” and “funny” way.

During his recent comedy show, the comedian said he wasn’t ready to talk about it until he was “paid.”

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