Chris Rock Breaks Silence On Will Smith Slap At Oscars

Chris Rock has broken his silence on the shocking moment Will Smith slapped him at the Oscars.
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Chris Rock has broken his silence on the shocking moment Will Smith slapped him at the Oscars.

The Los Angeles Police Department has issued a statement to Variety, stating that the comedian has ‘declined’ the chance to file a report against the King Richard actor.

It reads: “LAPD investigative entities are aware of an incident between two individuals during the Academy Awards program.

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“The incident involved one individual slapping another. 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.”

The slap took place at the 94th Academy Awards on March 27, and all started when Rock made a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, while giving out the prize for Best Documentary.

At the time, the American remarked: “Jada, can’t wait for G.I. Jane 2.”

Moments later, Will Smith walked up on stage and hit the host, and returned back to his seat. He then yelled: “Keep my wife’s name out of your f***ing mouth.”

Appearing shocked, Rock responded: “Wow dude… It was a G.I. Jane joke.”

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Later on, Smith returned to the stage to accept his award for Best Actor.

Looking tearful, he said: “I want to apologise to the academy. I want to apologise to all my fellow nominees.

“Art imitates life. I look like the crazy father, just like Richard Williams. But love will make you do crazy things.”

He went on to add that he hopes to return to the Oscars next year – if its organisers will still accept him.

Following the incident, the Academy released a statement on Twitter, addressing the matter.

It read: “The Academy does not condone violence of any form.”

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Written by Aimee Walker

Aimee is a senior content editor at IGV who specialises in finding the best original stories, trending topics and entertainment news. She graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Media and Communications.