Sheriffs from Los Angeles paid a visit to Will Smith’s home on Tuesday, two days after the actor slapped Chris Rock on stage during the 2022 Oscars.
Officers in a marked patrol car were observed driving into the Smiths Calabasas estate at 2:40 p.m. Splash News said that they took photos of the police cruiser on Tuesday.
Officers were sent after someone reported a drone flying in the wealthy area, according to Deputy Lizette Salcon of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, although she couldn’t specify whether the Smiths or another neighboring resident submitted the complaint.
“We basically sent that unit over there to try to locate the drone to see if there was a paparazzi or whatever,” Salcon said, “but when the deputies got there, they couldn’t find the drone.”
While Rock, 57, has decided not to seek charges, many have wondered whether Smith, 53, would face legal consequences for physically assaulting the comic over a G.I. Jane joke intended at Smith’s wife, actress Jada Pinkett Smith, who has alopecia.
On Tuesday, Steve Cooley, the district attorney for Los Angeles County from 2000 to 2012, told The Washington Post, “The [Los Angeles] city attorney may file charges based on the facts without necessarily relying on the victim.”
“The victim has no say in whether or not a prosecutor files charges,” Cooley continued, “but charges can and should be filed since the crime was committed against the state of California.” It’s not Chris Rock vs. Will Smith in a criminal case. The LAPD and the city attorney should not dismiss what looks to be an obvious and readily proven criminal violation.”
“Jokes about my physical condition are part of the job,” Will said on Instagram Monday evening, “but a joke about Jada’s physical state was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally.”
“I’d like to apologize to you publicly, Chris.” I was out of line and incorrect at the same time. I’m humiliated, and my behavior does not reflect the man I want to be. In a world of love and peace, violence has no place.”
“This is a season for healing, and I’m here for it,” Jada wrote on Instagram in a brief public statement to the incident.
The Academy has voiced its displeasure with the “Hitch” star and plans to launch an investigation. The Academy has voiced its unhappiness with the “Hitch” star and will continue an investigation. Rock has yet to respond to the hullabaloo surrounding the event.
“The Academy condemns Mr. Smith’s actions at last night’s show,” the organization stated in a statement posted on social media on Monday.
“We have formally launched a formal assessment of the occurrence in accordance with our Bylaws, Standards of Conduct, and California law, and will consider further action and sanctions.”