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Actress Jada Pinkett Smith tells how she pulled a knife in fear of ‘aggressive’ ex-boyfriend

  • Jada Pinkett Smith described an incident in which she fled to a room with a knife to escape her then partner
PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 21 November, 2018, 2:27am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 21 November, 2018, 2:44am

Actress Jada Pinkett Smith got emotional as she recalled an “abusive” experience with an ex-boyfriend during which she armed herself, fearing for her life.

Tackling what Smith said was “one of the most requested topics” on her Facebook Watch talk show “Red Table Talk,” she delved into conversations about domestic violence and abusive relationships alongside mother Adrienne Banfield-Jones and daughter Willow Smith.

“I’ve definitely been in relationships that have been emotionally abusive,” Jada said during Monday’s episode of the show. “I think emotional violence is really prevalent.”

She recounted an experience where she said she felt the need to protect herself with a weapon.

Turning to her mother, Smith said, “You remember that one incident I had with that one guy I was dating where I had to pull a knife out on him?”

He said the quintessential line you hear in movies all the time, ‘You think I would hurt you? I would never do that to you’ … I thought, ‘Oh my God, I’m in trouble’
Jada Pinkett Smith

The 47-year-old actress explained that after a night out where her ex “had been drinking and he was driving,” he “started getting really aggressive in the car” on the ride home.

“Thank goodness I knew where I was and I knew how to get out of the car and get to the house,” Smith said, recalling that she “ran to the house” and changed into a sweatsuit.

“I remember jumping in that sweatsuit, grabbing a big ole’ knife from the kitchen and hiding in his son’s room. I’ll never forget,” she continued.

“I heard him,” she said of the moment she realised he had entered the house through a sliding back door.

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“I came out of his son’s bedroom and I was at the bottom of the hallway. I was like, ‘Don’t come near me,’ ” she said. “He said the quintessential line you hear in movies all the time, ‘You think I would hurt you? I would never do that to you’.”

“I thought, ‘Oh my God, I’m in trouble,’ ” she said.

Although she doesn’t say exactly how that specific incident ended, she recalled that Spike Lee saved her from that relationship when he made her an offer to join his 1996 movie Girl 6.

She said she “used Spike as an excuse to get on that plane and [her ex-boyfriend] said right then and there, ‘I’ll never see you again, will I?’ ”

“I got on that plane and he never saw me again,” she said. Well, not at least until she was in a relationship with Will Smith years later and saw him at a resort, she said.

Smith said her ex was “not a bad guy, a very sweet guy, but just has those tendencies of violence. But that was all the sign I needed.”