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March 30, 2022
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March 30, 2022
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LEGAL EXPERTS AGREE: WILL SMITH UNLIKELY TO BE PROSECUTED FOR CHRIS ROCK SLAP
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Will Smith may have delivered a hard slap to Chris Rock’s face at the Oscars. But most people who know the law say there’s virtually no way he’ll do hard time. A variety of legal experts have weighed in on the assault. And most say while smacking someone’s face is a crime, the chances of Smith being prosecuted are slim. The biggest obstacle: Rock won’t press charges. Without that, police are unlikely to investigate and prosecutors won’t do it on their own. Even if they did, a slap would yield a misdemeanor charge – one that usually gets closed with probation, not jail time.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SEES SPIKE AFTER WILL SMITH SMACK
NEW YORK (AP) – Will Smith’s slap of Chris Rock didn’t provide a ratings bounce for the Academy Awards. But it did cause a spike in social media use. The only people who saw the slap on TV were already watching live, so there was no ratings boost. But ABC says it got 22.7 million social media hits during the ceremony, most ever for an Oscars telecast. The network says there were 16 million views on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.

 

OSCARS SLAP SPAWNS “FAKE NEWS”
UNDATED (AP) – For those who saw it live, it was hard to believe Will Smith got out of his seat at the Oscars, walked on stage and slapped Chris Rock over a joke the comedian made about his wife. Even harder to believe: some of the stories online about the event. For example, someone posted what was said to be an apology from Rock for the joke that sparked the dustup. The statement, full of misspellings, was a fake. Even something real – a photo of Nicole Kidman with her eyes and mouth agape – wasn’t what it seemed to be. Some captions said it was her reaction to Smith’s slap. But metadata from the digital photo shows it was shot during the non-televised part of the ceremony, some three hours before the slap.

 

ALEC BALDWIN, WIFE ARE EXPECTING THEIR SEVENTH CHILD
NEW YORK (AP) – There’s some news about Alec Baldwin that, for a change, doesn’t involve his fatal shooting of a cinematographer on the set of the movie “Rust.” Hilaria Baldwin says she and her husband are expecting their seventh child. She announced this on Instagram. The announcement describes the couple as “beyond happy” with what they call a “surprise” arrival. Baldwin faces at least five lawsuits over the shooting of Halyna Hutchins last October. One is filed by her widower husband and her young son.

 

“THE FLASH” ACTOR ARRESTED IN HAWAII FOR KARAOKE BAR MISCONDUCT
HONOLULU (AP) – An actor known for playing “The Flash” in “Justice League” movies has been busted at a Hawaii karaoke bar. Police say Ezra Miller was cited for yelling obscenities, grabbing a mic from a singing woman – and lunging at a man playing darts. Authorities say the actor was upset because people kept singing the Lady Gaga-Bradley Cooper ballad “Shallow” from the movie “A Star Is Born.” Apparently Miller has been making himself somewhat of a pest during his stay in Hawaii. Police say he has been the source of nearly a dozen calls for minor disturbances since March 7.

 

ALEX JONES’ OFFER TO SANDY HOOK FAMILIES REJECTED
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Infowars host Alex Jones has been rejected in an effort to settle a lawsuit he’s already lost. In a court filing Jones offered to pay $120,000 per plaintiff to end a defamation suit filed by families of the victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. No sooner than the proposal got to court, the families rejected it. A judge has already found Jones liable for damages because he failed to appear in court. That decision in November paves the way for another trial to set damages Jones must pay the families. A statement from the plaintiffs’ lawyers says the settlement is a “desperate” attempt by Jones to escape being held accountable for claiming the shootings were a hoax. He has since walked back that claim.