In July, pictures surfaced of model Nicole Murphy kissing director Antoine Fuqua, who has been married to actress Lela Rochon for 20 years. Murphy appeared on The Wendy Williams Show this week to express her regret.
“It was a frozen-in-time thing,” Murphy told Williams. “Trust me, I wish it didn’t happen. It was a moment where I should’ve thought more through the situation. Make better judgments. It’s something I apologized for.”
The incriminating photographs were taken by paparazzi in Italy, while Murphy and Fuqua were at a film festival. In a statement that was released following the scandal, Murphy, who has five kids with ex-husband Eddie Murphy, explained that Fuqua was a family friend and the kiss was a friendly greeting. On Tuesday, she denied releasing that statement.
“I did not put out that statement,” she claimed. “I did not release that statement, Wendy.”
Murphy also claimed that Fuqua gave her a “different impression” of his marriage to Rochon and urged women to do their research because “this could happen to you.” And though she denied that she broke up Fuqua and Rochon’s marriage, she issued an apology to Rochon at the urging of the talk show host.
“Darling, it was a mistake,” Nicole told Rochon, who was not present. “I apologize.”
Rochon returned to social media earlier this month after taking a hiatus following the scandal. In a Sept. 2 Instagram post, the Waiting to Exhale actress, who has had so much celebrity support from friends like Tina Lawson and Lena Waithe, posed in front of a beautiful backdrop overlooking La mer Méditerranée with the caption “God is Good.” According to Rolling Out, she has still been wearing her wedding ring.
Nicole Murphy out and about
Nicole Murphy out and about
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MAY 08: Actress Nicole Murphy attends the after party for the Los Angeles Premiere of "What's My Name | Muhammad Ali" from HBO on May 08, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for HBO)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 11: Nicole Murphy attends Chaz Dean Summer Party 2018 Benefiting Love is Louder on August 11, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Maury Phillips/Getty Images for Love is Louder)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 11: Nicole Murphy attends Chaz Dean summer party 2018 benefiting Love is Louder on August 11, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for Love is Louder)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 17: Nicole Murphy arrives at the Associates for Breast and Prostate Cancer Studies' (ABCs) 29th Annual Talk of the Town Gala at Beverly Hills Hotel on November 17, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Aude Guerrucci/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - JULY 08: Nicole Murphy poses for a photo during the Starz Power Brunch at Cochon on July 8, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Peter Forest/Getty Images for Starz)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 23: Nicole Murphy attends Bally x Slick Rick's 30th anniversary of "The Great Adventures of Slick Rick" celebration at Bally Rodeo Dr. on June 23, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/Getty Images for Slick Rick)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 20: Niki Murphy attends the summer season kickoff 2018 party hosted by Nicole Murphy, Ludacris and Tichina Arnold at STK Los Angeles on June 20, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tasia Wells/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 23: TV personality Nicole Murphy visits the SiriusXM Studios on May 23, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 09: Nicole Murphy attends the ABCs Annual Mother's Day Luncheon at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 9, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Greg Doherty/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 16: Model / TV Personality Nicole Murphy attends Kenny "The Jet" Smith's annual All-Star bash presented By JBL at Paramount Studios on February 16, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images)
PLAYA VISTA, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Nicole Murphy attends Mashup LA Influencer Event (#MASHUPLA) on February 8, 2018 in Playa Vista, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for MASHUP LA (#MASHUPLA))