Oscars producer Will Packer stated Los Angeles police had been able to arrest Will Smith after Smith slapped Chris Rock on the Academy Awards stage.
“They were saying, you know, this is battery, was a word they used in that moment,” Packer said in a clip released by ABC News Thursday night of an interview he gave to “Good Morning America.” “They said we will go get him. We are prepared. We’re prepared to get him right now. You can press charges, we can arrest him. They were laying out the options.”
But Packer stated Rock was “very dismissive” of the thought.
“He was like, ‘No, no, no, I’m fine,” Packer stated. “And even to the purpose the place I stated, ‘Rock, let them finish.’ The LAPD officers completed laying out what his choices had been and so they stated, ‘Would you like us to take any action?’ And he stated no.”
The LAPD stated in an announcement after Sunday night time’s ceremony that they had been conscious of the incident, and that Rock had declined to file a police report. The division declined remark Thursday on Packer’s interview, an extended model of which is able to air on Friday morning.
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences met Wednesday to provoke disciplinary proceedings in opposition to Smith for violations in opposition to the group’s requirements of conduct. Smith might be suspended, expelled or in any other case sanctioned.
The academy stated in an announcement that “Mr. Smith’s actions on the 94th Oscars had been a deeply surprising, traumatic occasion to witness in-person and on tv.”
Without giving specifics, the academy stated Smith was requested to depart the ceremony on the Dolby Theatre, however refused to take action.
Smith strode from his entrance row seat on to the stage and slapped Rock after a joke Rock made about Smith’s spouse, Jada Pinkett Smith, when he was on stage to current the Oscar for greatest documentary.
On Monday, Smith issued an apology to Rock, the academy and to viewers, saying “I was out of line and I was wrong.”
The academy stated Smith has the chance to defend himself in a written response earlier than the board meets once more on April 18.
Rock publicly addressed the incident for the primary time, however solely briefly, at the start of a standup present Wednesday night time in Boston, the place he was greeted by a thunderous standing ovation. He stated “I’m still kind of processing what happened.”
Will Smith confronted actor and comic Chris Rock on stage after comic made a joke about Smith’s spouse, Jada Pinkett-Smith, on the 94th Annual Academy Awards.
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