On Thursday, Oscars producer Will Packer appeared on "ABC World News Tonight" and revealed that police wanted to arrest actor Will Smith for assaulting comedian Chris Rock at the Academy Awards but that Rock told them not to.
ABC News reporter Kayna Whitworth said, “Tonight, one of the producers of the Oscars revealing exclusively to ABC News exactly what behind the scenes moments after Will Smith slapped Chris Rock on stage for making a joke about his wife, Jada.”
Packer said, “[LAPD] were saying, you know, this is battery was the word they use in that moment. They said we will go get him. We are 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 — he was being very dismissive of those options. He was like, ‘No, I’m fine. No, no, no. I’m fine.’ And even to the point where I said, ‘Rock, let them finish.'”
He added, “The LAPD officers finished laying out what his options were, and they said, ‘Would you like us to take any action?’ He said, ‘No.'”
Packer also appeared on Good Morning America and told a similar story. He said that Rock did not want to "make a bad situation worse" and so he had to tell police not to physically remove Smith.
EXCLUSIVE: #Oscars producer Will Packer tells Good Morning America about the frenetic aftermath of actor Will Smith slapping host Chris Rock live on stage on Hollywood’s biggest night. https://t.co/AeoYcGkM32 pic.twitter.com/8z35t8TPFw
— Good Morning America (@GMA) April 1, 2022
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