Police Offered To Arrest Will Smith Right At Oscar Gala. Why Didn't They Do It?

LAPD was prepared to arrest Will Smith at the Academy Awards gala for slapping Chris Rock, Will Packer, the producer of the Hollywood ceremony reveals.

"They were saying, you know, this is battery, was a word they used in that moment," Will Packer said in excerpts from an interview for ABC’s Good Morning America.

"They said, we will go get him. We are prepared. We’re prepared to get him right now," Packer added.

Finally, police did not act in any way because Rock refused to file a complaint, Will Packer said.

The Oscar producer reveals that behind the scenes, police were discussing options with Chris Rock.

Rock "was being very dismissive of those options. He was like, 'No, no, no, I'm fine.' And even to the point where I said, 'Rock, let them finish,'" Packer added, according to Reuters.

Will Smith - To Face Disciplinary Action

Will Smith - who was granted his first Oscar after the attack on stage - will face disciplinary action from Academy for Slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars The next Academy board meeting is scheduled for April 18.

Smith has been given 15 days' notice of a vote regarding his violations and sanctions and has the opportunity to provide a written response until the board meeting. A source close to the actor claims that Smith and his lawyers are preparing a letter that will be sent to the Academy before the April 18 hearing.

The Incident Between Will Smith And Chris Rock

Will Smith took the stage during the 2022 Oscars and slapped Rock after the comedian made a joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.

While presenting the best documentary at the Oscars, Chris Rock made a joke about the bald head of Jada Pinkett Smith, Smith's wife, which he compared to Demi Moore's "G.I. Jane" (1997). Rock said he can't wait to see Pinkett Smith, who has alopecia, in "G.I. Jane 2".

As Chris went to continue his speech, Will stormed the stage and slapped Chris, and appeared to be shouting: "Keep my wife’s name out of your f-----g mouth!"

Smith won the Oscar for "Best Actor" for his role in "King Richard," and in the aftermath, he apologized in tears.

"I want to apologize to the Academy. I want to apologize to all my nominated colleagues. This is a beautiful moment and I'm not crying because I won an award. It's not about winning a prize for me. It's about being able to enlighten all people", the actor said, but he did not apologize to Rock in person.
A couple of days later, Smith came with a written apology to Rock on Instagram and Facebook: "I was wrong".

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