Will Smith Oscar slap: Chris Rock won’t press charges against best actor nominee after confrontation over Jada Pinkett’s joke

LOS ANGELES — Chris Rock will not be pressing charges against Will Smith following their onstage altercation at this year’s Oscars, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

Smith appeared to smack Rock at Sunday night’s ceremony after the comedian made a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head while presenting the Oscar for Best Documentary.

WATCH: Will Smith’s shocking stage confrontation with Chris Rock

When Rock quipped, “Jada I love you ‘GI Jane 2’ can’t wait to see it,” the camera cut to Pinkett Smith, who rolled her eyes. The Red Table Talk host opened up about her battle with alopecia, an autoimmune disease that causes hair loss.

After the joke, Smith took to the stage and seemingly slapped rock before telling him to “keep my wife’s name out of your damn mouth.”

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The Pursuit of Happyness star looked remorseful when he returned to the stage shortly after to accept the Best Actor Oscar for his role as Richard Williams, father of Venus and Serena Williams, in the movie King Richard.

During his emotional speech, Smith apologized to the Academy and his fellow candidates for the incident, but did not mention Rock by name.

WATCH: Will Smith’s full acceptance speech

While Smith’s actions on social media were widely condemned and many argued he should be charged with assault, his 23-year-old son Jaden Smith shared a tweet shortly after the incident that read, “And this is how we do it.”

The LAPD confirmed Monday that Rock declined to file a police report.

“LAPD investigative authorities are aware of an incident between two individuals during the Academy Awards program,” the department said in a statement to CNN. “In the incident, one person hit another. The affected person declined to file a police report. If the party involved desires a police report at a later date, the LAPD is available to prepare an investigative report.”

CNN has contacted Rock’s representatives for further comment.

Smith appeared to have predicted the chaos of Oscar night in an Instagram post hours earlier. Sharing a video of himself and his wife in their red carpet attire with his 60million followers, he wrote, “Me ‘n @jadapinkettsmith got ready to vote chaos.”

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