Police were ‘ready to arrest’ Smith after slap, Oscar producer said

TEGUCIGALPA, HONDURAS.- Police were ready to arrest Will Smith after he assaulted Chris Rock at the Oscars, the show’s producer said Thursday.

In his first public comment after the shocking incident that overshadowed the biggest night of Hollywood, Will Packer he said he was with Rock when some police officers came to talk to him.

“They were saying that this was an attack. (…) They said ‘we can go for him, we are prepared to bring him in right now, you can press charges and we can arrest him.’ They put the options on the table,” Packer told ABC.A television station.

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“Chris was… He ruled out those options. He was like ‘I’m fine’”.

Los Angeles police officers “finished explaining what the options were and said ‘would you like us to do something?’ and he said ‘no’”.

the police of The Angels said Sunday that Rock refused to press charges.

Smith stunned millions by slapping Rock at the Oscars after the comedian made a joke about his wife.

Half an hour later, he received the best actor Oscar for his role in “King Richard: A Winning Family,” the industry’s highest honor for a male performer.

He was applauded by colleagues and some present at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which is in charge of the awards, said Wednesday that Smith was asked to leave the gala after the attack but refused.

Some outlets have claimed that Packer would have asked Smith to stay on the premises, but in the brief clip of the interview with ABC released Thursday, the producer says he did not speak to Smith. The conversation with Packer will be broadcast on Friday.

– Zoom meeting – The Academy said Wednesday that it is considering disciplinary action that could even see the expulsion of Smith, one of Hollywood’s best-known stars, and the fifth black actor to win an Oscar in that category.

“The Board of Governors today began disciplinary proceedings against Mr. Will Smith for violating the Academy’s conduct statute, including inappropriate physical contact, threatening or abusive behavior, and compromising the integrity of the Academy,” the statement said.

“The Academy will take disciplinary action which may include suspension, expulsion, and other sanctions permitted by conduct regulations and statutes.”

The publication Variety said Thursday that the directors of the Academy, Dawn Hudson and David Rubinspoke to Smith on Tuesday, a day after the organization released its statement.

The magazine said the Zoom meeting took about half an hour.

During the conversation, Smith apologized for attacking Rock and said he was aware there would be consequences, Variety claimed.

On Monday, after the Academy condemned the attack, Smith posted an apology on Instagram calling his behavior “unacceptable and inexcusable.”

“I want to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was wrong and I was out of place. I feel ashamed and my actions did not reflect the type of man I want to be.”