Chris Rock declined to file a police report on Sunday after Will Smith slapped him on stage at the Academy Awards, Los Angeles police appeared to confirm.The moment that shocked Hollywood and viewers around the world came after Rock made a joke about a “G.I.Jane” sequel, referencing Jada Pinkett Smith’s bald head.Actress Demi Moore in the 1997 movie appeared with a shaved head.Smith appeared to laugh at first, before walking up to the stage, slapping Rock, returning to his seat and yelling “Keep my wife’s name out of your (expletive) mouth.” The Los Angeles Police Department in a statement said it was “aware of an incident between two individuals during the Academy Awards program.”.
“The incident involved one individual slapping another,” the LAPD said.
“The individual involved has declined to file a police report.If the involved party desires a police report at a later date, LAPD will be available to complete an investigative report.” USA TODAY has reached out to Rock’s representatives for additional information.Oscar winners 2022: Who won at the Academy Awards? See the complete list ‘This is just a wild night’: Social media is stunned about Will Smith smacking Chris Rock Pinkett Smith was seen rolling her eyes after Rock’s joke at the awards show.In 2018, she confirmed that she was diagnosed with alopecia, an autoimmune skin disease that can cause hair loss on the scalp and on other parts of the body.
What’s everyone talking about?: Sign up for our trending newsletter to get the latest news of the day Following the incident, Smith accepted the award for best actor for his performance as Venus and Serena Williams’ father in “King Richard,” saying “I know to do what we do, you’ve got to be able to take abuse, you’ve got to be able to have people talk crazy about you.In this business you’ve got to be able to have people disrespecting you.And you gotta smile and you’ve got to pretend like that’s OK.” “I want to apologize to the Academy , I want to apologize to my fellow nominees.… Art imitates life.I look like the crazy father, just like they said about Richard Williams.
But love will make you do crazy things,” he added.The Academy released a statement on Twitter saying it “does not condone violence of any form.” Contributing: Hannah Yasharoff.