Will Packer, Oscars producer, stated that Los Angeles police were ready and waiting to arrest Will Smith. Chris Rock was slapped by Smith on the Academy Awards stage.
“They were saying, you know, this is battery, was a word they used in that moment,”Packer stated this in a video released by ABC News on Thursday night. Interview he gave “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.”
Packer, however, said Rock was “very dismissive”It is a great idea.
“He was like, ‘No, no, no, I’m fine,”Packer, he said. “And even to the point where I said, ‘Rock, let them finish.’ The LAPD officers finished laying out what his options were and they said, ‘Would you like us to take any action?’ And he said no.”
The LAPD said in a statement after Sunday night’s ceremony that they were aware of the incident, and that Rock had declined to file a police report. The department declined comment Thursday on Packer’s interview, a longer version of which will air on Friday morning.
Wednesday saw the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences meet to begin disciplinary proceedings against Smith for violations against the group’s standards of conduct. Smith could be expelled, suspended or sanctioned in some other way.
In a statement, the academy stated that “Mr. Smith’s actions at the 94th Oscars were a deeply shocking, traumatic event to witness in-person and on television.”
The academy stated that Smith was asked to leave ceremony at Dolby Theatre but declined to do so.
Smith moved from his front row seat to the stage, and then he slapped Rock. a joke Rock made about Smith’s wifeJada pinkett Smith was present to present the Oscar award for best documentary.
Monday Smith apologized to RockThe academy and to viewers, saying “I was out of line and I was wrong.”
Smith was informed by the academy that he has the right to respond in writing before the board meets again April 18.
Rock addressed the matter publicly for the first time, but only briefly, at the beginning of a standup show Wednesday night in Boston, where he was greeted by a thunderous standing ovation. He said “I’m still kind of processing what happened.”