LAPD says Chris Rock refused to press charges against Will Smith for Oscar slap

Oscars presenter Chris Rock has refused to press charges against actor Will Smith who slapped him during the live broadcast of the Academy Awards and the LAPD is not investigating the incident at this time, it said. the department in a statement Sunday evening.

“If the party wants a police report at a later date, the LAPD will be available to complete an investigative report,” the statement said.

The Rock actor and comedian was presenting the Best Documentary Oscar when he joked about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, saying she might appear in the movie ‘GI Jane’, apparently alluding to her head shaved. Pinkett Smith revealed earlier that she had developed a hair loss condition.

“Can’t wait to see you in ‘GI Jane 2,'” Rock said of the film starring Demi Moore as a shaved-headed soldier.

Smith rushed onstage, slapped Rock and yelled at him.

“Keep my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth!” Smith said when he returned to his seat. The profanity aired on ABC and left Dolby Theater and Twitter audiences stunned.

Later that night, Will Smith won Best Actor for ‘King Richard’. He apologized to the Academy and his fellow nominees, but not to Rock.

Los Angeles Times

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