Lara Trump has claimed that Will Smith got away with slapping Chris Rock last Sunday at the Oscars because he is a ‘Hollywood celebrity’.
‘If any average person did that they would be in jail, they’d be locked up,’ Lara Trump said during her FOX Business segment on Friday. ‘They would have at least been arrested or questioned by the police at this point.’
‘It shows you that when you are a Hollywood celebrity, and this is basically what people took from this, you can get away with anything.’
Lara Trump made her remarks during discussion of Smith’s assault on Rock during the 94th Academy Awards last Sunday.
During a Fox Business Friday segment, Lara Trump claimed Will Smith got away with slapping Chris Rock last Sunday at the Oscars because he is a ‘Hollywood celebrity’
Lara Trump and Donald Trump are pictured on an airplane on the way to speak at the North Carolina Republican Convention on June 5, 202
Smith marched onto the Oscars stage and slapped Rock, after the comedian told a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith.
Rock’s wisecrack was targeted at Pinkett Smith’s buzzcut, a style she has embraced in wake of her alopecia diagnosis.
‘Jada, I love you. ‘GI Jane 2,’ can’t wait to see it,’ Rock said to Pinkett Smith, whose close-shaven head looked similar to Demi Moore’s in the 1997 movie, during his presentation of the award for best documentary.
Whether Rock was aware that Pinkett Smith suffered from a hair-loss condition is unknown, but Smith reacted with the smack and an angry warning ‘to keep my wife’s name out your f***ing mouth!’
Shortly after, Smith was announced as the winner of the best actor award and went up to collect his statuette to a standing ovation from many of his peers.
Lara Trump made her remarks during discussion of Smith’s assault on Rock during the 94th Academy Awards last Sunday (pictured)
In a statement released Friday, Smith called his actions during the show ‘shocking, painful and inexcusable’ and said he would accept any additional consequences issued by the Academy’s Board of Governors. Smith is pictured accepting the award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for King Richard during last Sunday’s Oscars
Amid the fallout over the attack, Smith issued a formal apology to Rock, the Academy and other Oscars winners.
On Friday, he formally resigned from the Academy, calling his actions ‘shocking, painful and inexcusable.’ He also said he would accept any additional consequences issued by the Academy’s Board of Governors.
The Academy has accepted Smith’s ‘immediate resignation’ and will ‘continue to move forward’ with its disciplinary proceedings against him for violations of the group’s standards of conduct.
Despite Lara Trump’s claims that ‘any average person’ would be charged for slapping another person, Oscars producers Will Packer (pictured) alleged that Los Angeles police were actually prepared to arrest Smith at the awards show but didn’t per the request of Rock
Smith’s resignation came two days after the organization met to initiate the disciplinary hearings.
Despite Trump’s claims that ‘any average person’ would be charged for slapping another person, Los Angeles police were actually prepared to arrest Smith at the awards show but didn’t per the request of Rock.
During a Good Morning America interview that aired Friday, Oscars producer Will Packer claimed officers told Rock they would remove Smith from the audience and arrest him for battery.
‘We will go get him, we are prepared to get him right now,’ the cops said to Rock, Packer recalled. ‘You can press charges. We can arrest him.’
Packer claimed Rock was dismissive towards police, but he encouraged the comedian to hear them out before making a decision.
‘They were laying out the options, and as they were talking, Chris was being very dismissive of those options. He was like, “No, I’m fine.” He was like, “No, no, no,”‘ the producer said.
Ultimately, Rock declined to press charges, however police said in a statement Sunday ‘if the party involved desires a police report at a later date, LAPD will be available to complete an investigative report.’