Oscar-winning American actor Jamie Foxx, who was hospitalized in April for a "medical complication," made his public debut Monday night at the Television Critics' Choice Awards. Fox, 55, who faces sexual assault charges, received a standing ovation.
Fox did not address the allegations against him in his speech, but did address his health. "You know, it's crazy, I couldn't do it six months ago. I actually couldn't walk," Fox said, looking excited. "I want to thank you all, I've been through something. I've been through a few things."
"I wouldn't wish what I went through to my worst enemy because it's tough, when it's almost over... When you see the tunnel. I saw the tunnel. I didn't see the light. I have a new respect for life. I have a new respect for my art. I've watched so many movies and listened to so many songs trying to keep time running. Don't give up on your art."
Jamie Foxx, star of Django Unchained and the Spider-Man film series, is now facing sexual assault charges in a lawsuit filed against him last month. The lawsuit against the actor relates to an incident from eight years ago at a rooftop luxury restaurant in New York. According to her, Fox allegedly touched the intimate parts of one of the diners without her consent. According to prosecutors, the diner was seated that evening with her friend at Fox's desk. The two asked Fox to pose for a picture together, and immediately afterward, Fox began showering the plaintiff with compliments: "Wow, you have a supermodel cut" and "You smell great!"
Fox then allegedly took the plaintiff to a secluded corner of the restaurant and sexually assaulted her, despite signs of objections. It was only when the plaintiff's friend arrived at the scene that Fox allegedly stopped his actions and walked away. The lawsuit is seeking damages for "physical pain, emotional stress and humiliation" she suffered that evening, at the end of which, she claims, she was required to receive medical treatment. The restaurant owner, who spent the evening with Fox, was also sued in the case, claiming that he allowed the attack and did not order security workers instead of preventing it. Fox has denied the accusations against him.
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