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Oscar winner Will Smith won’t face police action after slapping show host Chris Rock

Oscar winner Will Smith will not face police action after he “slapped” the show’s host live on air during the awards ceremony.

Award winner Smith took exception to a joke about his wife by Chris Rock.

At first Smith laughed at the comment, then he strode purposefully towards Rock and slapped him hard – sending him reeling.

A spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department said:

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“LAPD investigative entities are aware of an incident between two individuals during the Academy Awards programme.

“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.”

The Academy has said it “does not condone violence of any form”.

Smith won the best actor award for the film King Richard – a biopic about tennis dad Richard Williams and his world champion daughters Serena and Venus.

After the incident at the 94th Oscars’ ceremony Smith apologized to all – except Rock.

He said:

“I want to apologise to the Academy; I want to apologise to all my fellow nominees.

“Thank you for this honour, thank you for this moment…I hope the Academy invites me back.”

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