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What Happened With The Slap

“The Los Angeles Times spoke to more than a dozen people who were at the Oscars that night, or had direct knowledge of what transpired, and through the conversations, some measure of clarity emerged. Due to the sensitivity of the situation, none of the sources were willing to be quoted by name. The academy and representatives for Smith declined to comment.”

By Glenn Whipp, Josh Rottenberg, Times staff writers Amy Kaufman, Sonaiya Kelley, Wendy Lee, Mark Olsen and Jen Yamato contributed to this report.

“I’ve never seen a room deflate so dramatically and never recover. Never.”

“I just got punched in the face by Muhammad Ali and didn’t get a scratch.”

“Security at the Oscars is always tight, with hundreds of Los Angeles Police Department officers deployed in and around the Dolby and snipers on rooftops. Backstage, the LAPD asked Rock if he wanted to file a report. If so, they were prepared to arrest Smith and forcibly remove him from the Dolby. “

“The academy thinks they want you to leave. What are you feeling?”

“I want to apologize. I think I can make it right.”

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