Chris Rock Is Not Pressing Charges Against Will Smith For The Viral Oscar's Slap Even Though The LAPD Inquired

March 28th, 2022 - 10:30 AM EDT by Owen Carry

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Chris Rock Not Pressing Charges Against Will Smith for Oscar's Slap from LAPD.

Although Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars ceremony last night was technically battery (not assault), Chris Rock has decided not to press charges following the immensely viral event. According to a statement given to CNN from the LAPD this morning, "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."

Even though technically an offense per California state law, the prospect of Rock pressing charges over the slap inspired many humorous reactions and memes on social media. "Over a slap?" some Twitter users remarked. Others joked about forensic evidence of Will Smith's fingerprints left on Chris Rock's face. The LA police department also stated that it had "no details," which many online mocked since the whole thing was nationally televised, leading to many jokes about the statement.

After the slap, Will Smith won "Best Actor" and was seen later on dancing at an afterparty. He was also seen crying in a conversation with Tyler Perry and Denzel Washington, shot from a distance where the camera recognizes he is wiping away a tear or two. Both of these details that were later revealed outraged some, who claimed rich people could do anything and get away with it.

Inherently, others thought the outrage was overblown. "Why would the police get involved with something so silly?," one Twitter user asked. "Which dork reporter called the LAPD about this lmao," another tweeted.

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