The Los Angeles Police Department, LAPD on Monday says comedian Chris Rock has declined to file a report against Will Smith after the actor appeared to have slapped him during the live broadcast of the annual Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday night.
That means the Los Angeles Police Department, which has basic jurisdiction where the show was produced Sunday, will not investigate or pursue possible charges against Smith.
“LAPD investigative entities are aware of an incident between two individuals during the Academy Awards program,” the department said in a statement.
“The incident involved one individual slapping another,” the LAPD continued. “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.”
Rock’s representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Senior sources at the department said officers usually wouldn’t take action in such a situation — a possible misdemeanor battery investigation — unless there was a desire to press charges and help fill out an incident report.