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The Los Angeles Police Department is not investigating the incident 94th Academy Award a scene in Hollywood when an actor Will Smith hit presenter Chris Rock in front of a live audience as the latter makes no charges, the agency said in a statement.
“If the party wants to get a report to the police later, the LAPD will be available to complete the investigation,” the department said in a statement, according to the Los Angeles Times.
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On Sunday night, Rock’s banter between the awards sparked personal anger and physical slap from Smith after the presenter made a comment about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, who sat in the front row with her husband.
The academy does not tolerate violence in any form.
Tonight we are delighted to celebrate our 94th Academy Awards, who deserve this moment of recognition from their colleagues and film lovers around the world.
– Academy (@TheAcademy) March 28, 2022
On the eve of the presentation of the best documentary “Oscar” Rock joked, which drew attention to the state of hair loss Pinkett Smith.
“I can’t wait to see you in“ J.I. Jane 2, ”Rock said, which caught Pinkett Smith’s eye.
The commentary mentions a 1997 film starring Demi Moore who shaved her head to portray Jordan O’Neill.
Oscar: Will Smith slaps Chris Rock through a joke with Jada Pinkett Smith
“Oh,” Rock said as Will Smith approached the stage, hit the presenter, and returned to his seat.
“Don’t say my wife’s name!” Smith shouted twice from his seat.
“I will,” Rock replied before presenting Amir Thompson’s best documentary, Summer of the Soul.
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Immediately after the incident, the emotional Will Smith was approached and comforted by Denzel Washington, Bradley Cooper, Tyler Perry and others before he also spoke to his public relations officer.
Other people turned to Pinkett Smith, seemingly consoling her as well as how the network broke through to the commercial.
Later in the evening, Will Smith was awarded an Oscar for Best Actor for his starring role in “King Richard.”
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Smith apologized to many people for his actions during his adoption, not to mention Rocco.
“Richard Williams was a fierce defender of his family,” the actor said, beginning his speech.
“In my life, I am called to love people and protect people and be a river to my people,” Smith added. “I know to do what we do, you have to be able to tolerate abuse. You have to be able to get people to talk about you crazy. In this business you have to be able to have people disrespect you. And you have to smile and pretend it’s okay. “
The Oscars were the first for Smith.
After the incident, the Academy Award ceremony issued a statement stating: “The Academy does not tolerate violence in any form.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.