The Oscar moment no one will ever forget.
While presenting at the Oscars on March 27th, Chris Rock was slapped in the face by Will Smith after making a joke about his wife, Jade Pinkett Smith. Many people wondered if Chris would file a complaint with the police, but at the end of the show, the comedian declined to do so, according to a statement from the LAPD.
“LAPD investigative entities are aware of an incident between two individuals during the Academy Awards program,” the statement reads. “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.”
In case you missed the moment, Chris was called on stage to present the award for Best Documentary. Will and his wife were seated right in front of the stage. While he was standing in front of the audience, Chris made a remark about Jada, who was seated next to Will, and her bald head (due to alopecia). In that very moment, Will quickly on his feet and up on stage, walking towards Chris. Once they came face-to-face, Will slapped the comedian.
From his seat, Will shouted obscenities at Chris, who carried on with giving out the award. In the commercial, Will was calmed down by his fellow actors Denzel Washington and Bradley Cooper.
It was clear the moment affected him when won his Best Actor award and took to the stage. Through tears, he spoke about ‘life imitating art’ and giving his apologies to the Academy and his fellow nominees, but he did not apologize to Chris Rock.