“I believed it was a part of one thing that Chris and Will had been doing on their very own. I believed it was a bit. I wasn’t involved in any respect,” Packer stated in an interview on Good Morning America on Friday (in a single day AEDT).
Packer stated he went as much as Rock after the incident.
“I stated, ‘Did he actually hit you?'” the producer requested Rock.
“And he checked out me and he goes, ‘Yeah, I simply took a punch from Muhammad Ali,’ as solely Chris can. He was instantly in joke mode, however you can inform that he was very a lot nonetheless in shock.”
Packer additionally revealed within the interview that Los Angeles police had been able to arrest Smith.
“They had been saying, you already know, that is battery, was a phrase they utilized in that second,” Packer stated in a clip launched by ABC Information on Thursday night time of an interview he gave to Good Morning America.
“They stated we are going to go get him. We’re ready. We’re ready to get him proper now. You may press costs, we are able to arrest him. They had been laying out the choices.”
However Packer stated Rock was “very dismissive” of the concept.
“He was like, ‘No, no, no, I am tremendous,” Packer stated. “And even to the purpose the place I stated, ‘Rock, allow them to end.’ The LAPD officers completed laying out what his choices had been and so they stated, ‘Would you want us to take any motion?’ And he stated no.”
The LAPD stated in a press release after Sunday night time’s ceremony that they had been conscious of the incident, and that Rock had declined to file a police report. The division declined remark Thursday on Packer’s interview.
The Academy of Movement Photos Arts and Sciences met Wednesday to provoke disciplinary proceedings in opposition to Smith for violations in opposition to the group’s requirements of conduct. Smith may very well be suspended, expelled or in any other case sanctioned.
The academy stated in a press release that “Mr. Smith’s actions on the 94th Oscars had been a deeply surprising, traumatic occasion to witness in-person and on tv.”
With out giving specifics, the academy stated Smith was requested to depart the ceremony on the Dolby Theatre, however refused to take action.
Smith strode from his entrance row seat on to the stage and slapped Rock after a joke Rock made about Smith’s spouse, Jada Pinkett Smith, when he was on stage to current the Oscar for finest documentary.
On Monday, Smith issued an apology to Rock, the academy and to viewers, saying “I used to be out of line and I used to be incorrect.”
The academy stated Smith has the chance to defend himself in a written response earlier than the board meets once more on April 18.
Rock publicly addressed the incident for the primary time, however solely briefly, at first of a standup present Wednesday night time in Boston, the place he was greeted by a thunderous standing ovation. He stated “I am nonetheless type of processing what occurred.”