Los Angeles police were poised to arrest Will Smith at the Oscars after he punched Chris Rock, Will Packer, a producer at the awards show, told ABC News on Good Morning America. Rock was “dismissive” to the idea and decided not to press charges, Packer said.
Packer said LAPD officials spoke to Rock at the producer’s office after Smithhim about a joke the award-presenting comedian made about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.
“They said, you know, ‘That’s battery,’ was the word they were using at that moment,” Packer said in a clip of a Good Morning America interview released Thursday night. “They said we’ll go get him; we are prepared. We’re ready to get him right away. You can file charges. We can arrest him. They laid out the options, and as they spoke, Chris was very opposed to those options. He said, “No, I’m fine.” He said, ‘No, no, no.’”
Earlier this week, the LAPDRock declined to press charges against Smith.
Packer, who led the show’s first all-black production team, said he did not speak directly to Smith that night.
In the days since Sunday’s show, more information has come to light. On Wednesday, the academySmith’s actions and said it would investigate the incident. It also said that Smith – who carried on Best Actor for his role in ‘King Richard’ – Was asked to go but declined.
“Mr. Smith’s actions at the 94th Oscars were a deeply shocking, traumatic event to witness in person and on television,” the Academy said. “Mr. Rock, we apologize to you for what you experienced on our stage and thank you for your resilience in this moment. We also apologize to our nominees, guests and viewers for what happened during a celebratory event.”
Both Rock and Smith have spoken out about the incident. blacksmithto the comedian on Tuesday while rock short the incident at his first stand-up show since being slapped in Boston on Wednesday night.
“I’m still processing what happened,” according to the audio posted by Variety. He also squashed any audience expectations that he would speak at length about the slap, telling them, “If you came to hear that, I’m not … I had like a whole show that I wrote ahead of this weekend.” “, Associated Press reported.