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Smith, Rock Receive $30 Million Fighting Offer after Oscar Incident

Smith, Rock Receive $30 Million Fighting Offer after Oscar Incident

Wednesday, 30 March, 2022 - 06:30
Will Smith (R) hits at Chris Rock as Rock spoke on stage during the 94th Academy Awards in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, US, March 27, 2022. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Boxing promoter Jake Paul has offered Will Smith and Chris Rock $15 million each to step in the ring and settle their differences after Smith slapped Rock during Sunday's Oscars awards ceremony, Reuters reported.


Smith strode on stage during the televised ceremony and struck Rock in the face after the comedian made a joke about the appearance of Smith's wife.


"I got $15m for Will Smith and $15m for Chris Rock ready to go," Paul, who runs Most Valuable Promotions, wrote on Twitter.


"Let's do it in August on my undercard," he said.


Rock declined to press charges against Smith, who won the Best Actor award minutes after the incident.


Celebrity boxing matches have been a trend in recent years and contributed to the rise of the likes of Paul and his brother Logan, who rose to fame on the internet before they crossed over into boxing.


Will Smith issued an apology on Instagram for striking presenter Chris Rock at Sunday's Academy Awards, after the comedian made a joke about the appearance of Smith's wife who is suffering from alopecia.


“I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line, and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be,” Smith wrote.


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