Now that we’ve got our biggest celebrity tea of the year thanks to Will Smith’s famous slap in the face to Chris Rock victim, everyone wants to know what happens next.
Rock was quite silent about the situation despite everything else going on around him.
And as fans wait to hear his true thoughts on the situation, a recent comment from Rock led some to believe he could remain silent for legal reasons.
Will Chris Rock sue Will Smith or the Oscars?
Rock does not appear to have taken legal action against Smith or the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organizers of the Oscars.
He reportedly refused to prosecute after the incident.
However, a comment made by Rock during one of his concerts in Indio, California, makes people believe that he can sue.
Fans were disappointed that they did not hear much more about the incident at The Rock Demonstration at Fantasy Springs in Indio, CA.but he said a strange thing.
“I’m fine, I have a whole show and I’m not talking about it until I’m paid. Life is good. I’ve regained my hearing,” Rock said.
Comments about waiting for payment make people believe that he can ask for payment – especially if he is honest that he suffers from hearing loss after being slapped.
Chris Rock has been briefly mentioned in the Oscars slap in the past, but never in great detail.
Days after the Oscars, he was at the Wilbur Theater in Boston talking to his audience at the top of his sold-out comedy set and saying he was not going to talk about slapping.
“I’m still working on what happened, so at some point I’ll talk about this mess,” Rock told the crowd. “It’s going to be serious. It’s going to be funny, but right now I’m going to say a few jokes.”
He said he had already written the set for his show that night before it even happened this weekend, so if he wanted to talk about it at all, it would be too late anyway.
That happened almost two weeks ago, and now Rock seems to have a better idea of how things are going for the future of The Slap.
His silence may also be regular in order to reserve his official position for legal deposition. If he discusses the matter in public before that, it may hurt his case, especially if they see him joking about the incident.
However, rumors of a Chris Rock / Will Smith lawsuit are just rumors for now.
Smith is rumored to have entered a rehabilitation center himself and was also barred from attending the Oscars for 10 years, while he was still able to win awards and attend afterparties.
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His social media circle was ruthless with people tearing him apart and discovering old Red Table conversations with Jada Pinkett Smith, but Rock’s side was completely dark.
This may be because he either plans to sue the Academy or Will Smith, or wants to sign some kind of exclusivity agreement to get first-hand account of the incident.
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