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Chris Rock Declined To File Police Report Against Will Smith For Oscars Slap
Chris Rock is not interested in pressing charges against Will Smith for slapping him across the face during the live broadcast of the Academy Awards.
Chris Rock will not be filing charges against Will Smith for slapping him during the Academy Awards.
The now-infamous slap occurred on Sunday during the live broadcast of the annual ceremony, after Rock made a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.
Rock, who was on stage presenting the Oscar for documentary feature, made a joke onstage about Pinkett Smith starring in a sequel to “G.I. Jane.” The protagonist of the 1997 film has a shaved head; Pinkett Smith has been struggling with alopecia, a condition that causes hair loss.
Smith then got on stage and slapped Rock across the face.
"Wow, Will Smith just smacked the s--- out of me," Rock exclaimed.
After he returned to his seat, not far from the stage, Smith told the comedian twice to “keep my wife’s name out of your f---ing mouth.”
While the slap shocked the nation, it will not be resulting in any criminal charges.
"LAPD investigative entities are aware of an incident between two individuals during the Academy Awards program," the Los Angeles Police Department told Oxygen.com via email on Monday morning. "The incident involved one individual slapping another. The individual involved has declined to file a police report. If the involved party desires a police report at a later date, LAPD will be available to complete an investigative report."
Senior sources at the department told NBC News that such an incident could result in a possible misdemeanor battery investigation. However, they typically do not pursue such a charge unless the victim wants to press charges.
Not long after the slap, Smith won the Oscar for best actor for his portrayal of Richard Williams in "King Richard."
As he accepted the award, he apologized through tears for the slap, but not to Rock, CNN reports.
“I’m not crying for winning an award, it’s not about winning an award for me,” Smith said, Deadline reports. “It’s about being able to shine light on all of the people. Art imitates life, I look like the crazy father just like they said about Mr. Williams. Love makes you do crazy things.”
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science said in a statement Monday that it "condemns the actions of Mr. Smith at last night's show. We have officially started a formal review around the incident and will explore further action and consequences in accordance with our Bylaws, Standards of Conduct and California law."