Despite Rock’s silence on the subject, the Los Angeles Police Department revealed on Sunday night that he had decided not to seek assault charges against Smith. An industry insider reportedly told EW that Rock’s inciting joke was not part of the show’s script.
While accepting the Oscar for Best Actor, Smith noticeably left Rock out of his on-stage apologies to the Academy. “Love makes you do insane things,” he added in the speech, comparing his actions to his King Richard character Richard Williams — real-life father of tennis superstar sisters Venus and Serena Williams — as a family guardian.
Smith, on the other hand, issued a public apologetic statement on Monday, addressing Rock. He wrote, “I’d like to openly apologize to you, Chris.” “I was both out of line and incorrect. I’m embarrassed, and my actions do not reflect the guy I aspire to be. Violence has no place in a world of love and peace.”
Since then, several people in Hollywood have spoken out against the incident, including Oscar hosts Amy Schumer and Wanda Sykes. Except for Rock, who contacted her at an after-party, Sykes said the incident left her physically uncomfortable. She also stated no one had apologized to the hosts.
“It was supposed to be your night,” Rock said, according to Sykes. “I’m really sorry; you, Amy, and Regina were doing such a fantastic job. This is going to be about this now.'”
Smith’s actions, according to the Academy, were in violation of its code of conduct, and the incident is currently being investigated by the Board of Governors. The body announced on Wednesday that disciplinary processes had begun, adding that Smith had been asked to leave the event following the assault, but had refused.
It is predicted that the investigation would take several weeks.