Nicole Murphy Apologizes For Alleged Cheating Scandal With Antoine Fuqua

Earlier this week, some photos of Nicole Murphy and married director Antoine Fuqua kissing in Italy started making the rounds on the internet. After catching heat on social media, Murphy has issued an apology to her own family and Fuqua’s wife, Lela Rochon, for her actions.

The whole ordeal has ballooned into a celebrity scandal, causing Rochon to delete her social media accounts and placing Murphy, the ex-wife of Eddie Murphy, under a microscope. It hasn’t been an easy week for the parties involved in the mess.

Nicole Murphy and Antoine Fuqua
Director & Executive Producer Antoine Fuqua (R) and Nicole Murphy attend 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. | Getty Images/Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for HBO)

Murphy was initially dismissive of the photos

The photos of Fuqua and Murphy depict them smooching on the lips while poolside at a hotel in Ischia, Italy on Saturday. Fuqua was in the country to attend the Ischia Global Festival where he was due to receive an award for director of the year. It is unclear whether Murphy accompanied the acclaimed director on the trip or if she met him there.

According to ET Online, a witness first saw the pair kiss when they sat down by the pool, and about 30 minutes later, they stood up and kissed again. They were described as looking very relaxed and very friendly, and Murphy was wearing a bikini while Fuqua had a towel wrapped around his waist. The same witness stated that the two were seen dining with the event’s organizer later that evening.

Once the photos leaked on the web, Murphy was immediately slammed for going after a married man, and fans claimed that both she and Fuqua allegedly have histories of cheating behavior. In response to the backlash, Murphy immediately issued a statement through the blog Love B. Scott saying their relationship was innocent:

“Antoine and I are just family friends. I ran into him in Italy and we exchanged a friendly hello and that was it.”

People were not buying it. Fuqua’s wife, who’s a beloved actress, wound up deleting her Instagram and Twitter accounts after being bombarded with comments. Lisa Raye McCoy, another actress who runs in the same circles, accused Murphy of going after her ex husband in the early 2000s, saying her deeds contributed to their divorce.

Fuqua remains silent, Murphy apologizes

Fuqua, 52, has been married to Rochon for 20 years and they share two children, a 16-year-old and a 15-year-old. He is known for directing Training Day, The Equalizer, The Magnificent Seven, Shooter, and The Replacements. Murphy, 51, has five children with ex Eddie Murphy but is currently single. Since the furor hasn’t died down about the scandal, Murphy went through TMZ to issue an apology, saying:

“Without going into the entire situation, I want to apologize to my family and to Lela and the Fuqua family for what transpired. It was not my intention to be in this situation. I do not condone women kissing or interacting in any way inappropriately with a married man. I too was once married, and I would never intentionally undermine another woman, despite what has been written.”

Reps for Rochon or Fuqua have not responded to media requests. Check out the video from Entertainment Tonight below.

Fans have been taking sides in the controversy, knocking Murphy for being “the other woman” and showing support for Rochon online. Other than Murphy, no one has spoken out.