LOS ANGELES - Oscars producer Will Packer said Los Angeles police were ready to arrest Will Smith after Smith slapped Chris Rock on the Academy Awards stage."They were saying, you know, this is battery, was a word they used in that moment," Packer said in a clip released by ABC News Thursday night of an interview he gave to "Good Morning America." "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."But Packer said Rock was "very dismissive" of the idea."He was like, ‘No, no, no, I’m fine," Packer said. "And even to the point where I said, ‘Rock, let them finish.’ The LAPD officers finished laying out what his options were and they said, ‘Would you like us to take any action?’ And he said no."The LAPD said in a statement after Sunday night's ceremony that they were aware of the incident, and that Rock had declined to file a police report.
The department declined to comment Thursday on Packer's interview.Actor Will Smith (R) slaps US actor Chris Rock onstage during the 94th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on March 27, 2022. (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images) In the longer version on "Good Morning America," Packer said he initially believed the slap was an orchestrated bit. "I thought it was part of something that Chris and Will were doing on their own.
I thought it was a bit. I wasn’t concerned at all."RELATED: Video shows Jada Pinkett Smith laughing at Chris Rock joke immediately after Will Smith's slap at OscarsPacker said he went up to Rock after the incident. "I said, ‘Did he really hit you?’" the producer asked Rock.