The Los Angeles Police Department is not investigating the incident that took place on the 94th Academy Awardsstage in Hollywood when actor Will Smith slapped host Chris Rock in front of a live audience, as the latter is not pressing charges, the department said in a statement.
“If the party desires a police report at a later date, LAPD will be available to complete an investigative report,” the department’s statement read, the Los Angeles Times reported.
On Sunday evening, Rock’s banter between awards drew personal ire and a physical slap from Smith after the host made a comment about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, who was sitting in the front row with her husband.
Ahead of presenting the best documentary Oscar, Rock made a joke that drew attention to Pinkett Smith’s hair loss condition.
“I can’t wait to see you in ‘G.I. Jane 2,’” Rock said, which drew an eye-roll from Pinkett Smith.
The comment referenced the 1997 film starring Demi Moore, who shaved her head to portray Jordan O’Neil.
“Uh oh,” Rock then said as Will Smith approached the stage, slapped the host, and returned to his seat.
“Keep my wife’s name out your f— mouth!” Smith shouted twice from his seat.
“I will,” Rock answered before presenting the Best Documentary Feature to Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson’s “Summer of Soul.”
Immediately following the incident, an emotional Will Smith was approached and comforted by Denzel Washington, Bradley Cooper, Tyler Perry and others, before he also had an exchange with his public relations person.
Other individuals approached Pinkett Smith, seemingly comforting her, as well, as the network broke to a commercial.
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Tonight we are delighted to celebrate our 94th Academy Awards winners, who deserve this moment of recognition from their peers and movie lovers around the world.