In his first big interview since March, the blockbuster actor said he "just lost it" over Rock's joke about his wife's hair. "That was a rage that had been bottled for a really long time," he said.
NPR's Scott Simon wonders if comedians are at increased risk for assault these days, given Will Smith's slap of Chris Rock and an incident this week involving Dave Chappelle.
Isaiah Lee is accused of four counts, including battery. He was initially booked by police on a felony charge but prosecutors said they didn't have enough evidence to pursue it.
In a statement, Academy president David Rubin said Will Smith's behavior was unacceptable and harmful.
In a statement, Will Smith acknowledged that his actions overshadowed other winners at the 94th Academy Awards.
In an interview with "Good Morning America," Will Packer says the LAPD was ready to take action against Will Smith. But Chris Rock declined to press charges.
The Academy's Board of Governors plans to meet on April 18 to decide on how to discipline Will Smith.
Chris Rock performed in Boston just days after getting slapped by Will Smith on the Oscars stage.
"We don't condone anyone hitting anyone else unless it's in self-defense," the father of Venus and Serena Williams told NBC News. Smith won an Oscar for portraying Williams in the movie King Richard.
Smith slapped Rock on the Oscars stage after the comedian made a joke at the expense of Smith's wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.
After Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars for a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith's medical condition, there are renewed conversations about toxic masculinity and concepts of feminine beauty.
Will Smith appeared to slap Chris Rock after he made a joke about Smith's wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.
"Oh wow," comedian Chris Rock said in response to the Smith attack. Rock did not physically retaliate, though the rest of his words were muted on American TV stations.