Oscars 2022 will go down is touted to go in the pages of history for unusually shocking reasons. In a rather shocking turn of events, Will Smith lost his cool over a joke made by presenter Chris Rock. The ‘King Richard’ actor slapped the comedian on stage during the ceremony, leaving everyone stunned.
The Academy has now released a statement regarding the viral incident mentioning that they do not condone violent behaviour.
The Academy does not condone violence of any form.— The Academy (@TheAcademy) March 28, 2022
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.
Sharing the statement on Twitter, the official account of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said, "The Academy does not condone violence of any form. 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."
Meanwhile, the statement has now left fans confused on whether Smith will be asked to return his honour due to his conduct during the ceremony.
Now, the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed Variety that Chris Rock has ‘declined to file a police report’ following an altercation with Will Smith at the 94th Academy Awards. Smith took to the stage during the 2022 Oscars and slapped Rock after the comedian made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith.
A full statement from the LAPD read: “LAPD investigative entities are aware of an incident between two individuals during the Academy Awards program. 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.”
For the uninitiated, Rock made a joke about Pinkett Smith’s baldness before he gave out the award for best documentary.
The comedian said that Pinkett Smith, who has alopecia and shaved her head last year, could star in the “G.I. Jane” sequel. Demi Moore starred in the 1997 film and shaved her hair off for the role.
After Rock’s joke, Smith approached him onstage and appeared to slap him. Smith returned to his seat and seemed to be yelling “keep my wife’s name out of your f---ing mouth” to the comedian.
Rock paused for a moment and then told the crowd, “That was the greatest night in the history of television."
Los Angeles Police Department said they are aware of the altercation and that Rock declined to file a police report, according to NBC News.
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