L.A. police were willing to arrest Will Smith, Oscars producer says | CBC News

Oscars producer Will Packer stated Los Angeles police had been able to arrest Will Smith after Smith slapped Chris Rock on the Academy Awards stage.

“They had been saying, you already know, that is battery, was a phrase they utilized in that second,” Packer stated in a clip launched by ABC Information Thursday night time of an interview he gave to Good Morning America

“They stated ‘We are going to go get him. We’re ready. We’re ready to get him proper now. You’ll be able to press expenses, we are able to arrest him.’ They had been laying out the choices.”

However Packer stated Rock was “very dismissive” of the concept.

“He was like, ‘No, no, no, I am fantastic,” Packer stated. “And even to the purpose the place I stated, ‘Rock, allow them to end.’ The LAPD officers completed laying out what his choices had been and so they stated, ‘Would you want us to take any motion?’ And he stated no.”

The LAPD stated in a press release after Sunday night time’s ceremony that they had been conscious of the incident, and that Rock had declined to file a police report. The division declined remark Thursday on Packer’s interview, an extended model of which can air on Friday morning.

Disciplinary proceedings

The Academy of Movement Photos Arts and Sciences met Wednesday to provoke disciplinary proceedings in opposition to Smith for violations in opposition to the group’s requirements of conduct. Smith could possibly be suspended, expelled or in any other case sanctioned.

The academy stated in a press release that: “Mr. Smith’s actions on the 94th Oscars had been a deeply surprising, traumatic occasion to witness in-person and on tv.”

With out giving specifics, the academy said Smith was asked to leave the ceremony on the Dolby Theatre, however refused.

Smith strode from his entrance row seat on to the stage and slapped Rock after a joke Rock made about Smith’s spouse, Jada Pinkett Smith, when he was on stage to current the Oscar for finest documentary.

On Monday, Smith issued an apology to Rock, the academy and to viewers, saying “I used to be out of line and I used to be unsuitable.”

The academy stated Smith has the chance to defend himself in a written response earlier than the board meets once more on April 18.

Rock publicly addressed the incident for the primary time, however solely briefly, initially of a standup present Wednesday night time in Boston, the place he was greeted by a thunderous standing ovation. He stated he is “nonetheless sort of processing what occurred.”

Chris Rock stands backstage on the Academy Awards. (Al Seib/AMPAS/Reuters)

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