Oscars Producer Will Packer Explains What Was Going On Behind The Scenes After Will Smith Slapped Chris Rock


The “Oscars slap” is probably a moment that will never be forgotten in the history of the Academy Awards, no matter how many people probably wish it could be lost to time.  A lot has been said about what happened that night after Will Smith slapped Chris Rock, following a joke Smith found offensive. This story still isn’t entirely over, but now the producer of the Oscar ceremony has spoken out about what happened behind the scenes after the slap happened. He says The LAPD gave Rock a list of potential options for ways they could proceed criminally, and the comedian turned them all down.

It’s already been reported that Chris Rock declined to press charges against Will Smith for the physical altercation that took place live on the Oscar stage just as Rock was getting ready to present the award for Best Documentary Feature. Oscars producer Will Packer told ABC the conversation between Rock and the LAPD took place in his office, and Rock was so dismissive of the idea of pressing charges, Packer had to step in just to let the cops finish talking. The producer explained… 

They were saying, you know, this is ‘battery’, was the word they used in that moment. They said ‘We will go get him. We’re prepared. We’re prepared to get him right now. You can press charges, we can arrest him. They were laying out the options’ And as they were talking Chris was being very dismissive of those options. He said ‘No ,no I’m fine. No, no.’ And even to the point where I said ‘Rock, let them finish.’ Let the LAPD officers finish laying out what his options were. And they said ‘Would you like us to take any action?’ And he said ‘no.’

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