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Will He Press Charges? Chris Rock Raises Eyebrows with Startling Admission about “Slap Heard Round the World” Assault

Comedian Chris Rock has come out and revealed that he will not be bringing any charges against fellow actor Will Smith after the two got into an onstage altercation during Sunday evening’s Academy Awards ceremony, according to officials with the Los Angeles Police Department.

Rock got socked — hilarious rhyme, right? I try too hard — by a slap to the chops — ugh — after he made a joke concerning Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, being bald. Smith has commented in the past that she lives with alopecia, which is an autoimmune condition that causes loss of hair.

Rock has declined to file a report with local law enforcement, according to the LAPD, who  spoke with CNN on Monday.

“LAPD investigative entities are aware of an incident between two individuals during the Academy Awards program,” the department went on to tell CNN in a statement. “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,” police officials continued.

Here are more details from the folks at Newsmax:

Smith, who later during the program won the best actor award for “King Richard,” walked on stage and slapped Rock in what at first appeared to be a scripted joke. But the mood quickly turned somber when Smith, back in his seat, shouted back, “Keep my wife’s name out of your f***ing mouth.”

Smith had confronted Rock after the comedian said: “Jada I love you, ‘G.I. Jane 2,’ can’t wait to see it,” the camera cut to Pinkett Smith, who rolled her eyes.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences responded to incident by saying in a tweet that it did not condone violence.

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“The Academy does not condone violence of any form,” the tweet went on to read. “Tonight we are delighted to celebrate our 94th Academy Awards winners, who deserve this moment of recognition from their peers and movie lovers around the world.”

During his speech to accept the best actor Oscar, Smith apologized to the Academy and his fellow nominees for the incident but did not mention Rock by name.

Rock made a joke that might or might not have been a touch on the insensitive side. But isn’t that what comedians do? Don’t they just sort of poke fun of anything and everything in an attempt to help us all, themselves included, deal with the harsh realities of the world?

Maybe the power couple need a thicker skin?

Perhaps Smith should work on the relationship between he and his wife, which has entered strange territory as of late, and not worry so much about jokes from comedians?



This story syndicated with permission from Chad Prather