According to the LAPD, Oscar presenter Chris Rock has “declined to file a police report” regarding actor Will Smith’s slap during the live broadcast of the Academy Awards event. “If the party desires a police report at a later date, LAPD will be available to complete an investigative report,” the statement said.
While presenting the Best Documentary Oscar, actor and comedian Chris Rock made a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, and her shaved head. Pinkett Smith said in 2018 that she has suffered alopecia, a hair-loss condition. “I can’t wait to see you in ‘G.I. Jane 2,'” Rock said, alluding to Demi Moore’s role as a shaved-headed soldier in the 1997 movie.
“Keep my wife’s name out your f*****g mouth!”- Will Smith
Soon after his wife expressed her disapproval with the remark, Will Smith disrupted Rock’s speech of the Best Documentary award by swinging at his face. “Keep my wife’s name out of your f*****g mouth,” the actor shouted as he returned to his seat. Rock was apparently taken aback by the exchange, but he persevered with his presentation. Smith went on to win the prize award for Best Actor less than an hour later. The actor was recognised for his role as Richard Williams, a controversial tennis coach and parent, in King Richard.
Smith acknowledged the father of Venus and Serena Williams in his winning speech, saying that Richard’s outbursts were not too unlike from the one he had with Chris Rock. “Art imitates life,” Smith said. “I look like the crazy father, just like they said about Richard Williams. But love will make you do crazy things.”
Also, during his speech, Smith appeared noticeably shaken, finally breaking down in tears and recalling how Oscar winner Denzel Washington consoled him during the intermission, saying, “Denzel said to me a few minutes ago, ‘At your highest moment, that’s when the devil comes for you.‘” However, afterwards, Smith expressed regret to the Academy and his other nominees, but not to Rock.
An LAPD spokesman said there was no deadline to file a complaint and that it would “complete a report at any time in the future.” The spokesman also added, “For misdemeanour crimes, the victim cooperation is important in successful prosecution.”