According to BBC,
The producer of the Oscars has said he prevented Will Smith from being “physically removed” from the ceremony because “Chris Rock did not want that”.
Will Packer said he had been told the academy had planned to have Smith ejected after he slapped the comedian on stage.
“I had not been a part of those conversations,” Packer said.
“So, I immediately went to the Academy leadership that was on site and I said, ‘Chris Rock doesn’t want that’.”
Packer also described how Rock told police officers at the ceremony he did not want Smith to be arrested.
“They were saying, you know, this is – battery was the word they used at that moment. They said, ‘We will go get him. We are prepared. We’re prepared to go get him right now. You can press charges. We can arrest him’.
“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’, Even to the point where I said, ‘Rock, Let them finish’.
“The other LAPD officers finished laying out what his options were and they said, ‘Would you like us to take any action?’ And he said, ‘No’. He said, ‘No’.”
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