Tony Rock Addresses Will Smith At Latest Performance
While Tony Rock has been subliminally addressing the battery committed by Will Smith against his brother Chris Rock on Twitter, he made his feelings loud and clear during his recent comedy show.
In footage obtained by The Shade Room, Tony Rock addressed Will Smith’s slap at the 2022 Oscars during his recent comedy show.
Tony Rock said, in part:
“If you think you gonna to walk up on this stage, this ain’t the motherf***king Oscars! And if you walk your ass up here, you ain’t nominated for s*** but these mother****ing hands! Oh, we going to pop the rest of the year, n****. Every time you see me do a show, pop!”
While people believe Tony Rock’s words may be justified, Tony Rock needs to be careful moving forward when it comes to opening himself up to potential criminal liability, including charges of criminal threats. While people have the right to freedom of Speech under the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, that right does not apply to threatening other people with violence and putting them in fear for their safety.
Someone who intends that a statement be understood as a threat does not have to actually intend to carry out the threatened act, or intend to have someone else do it. An immediate ability to carry out the threat is not required.
To prove that the defendant is guilty of this crime, the People (the District Attorney and the State of California) must prove that:
The defendant willfully threatened to unlawfully kill or unlawfully cause great bodily injury to Will Smith;
The defendant made the threat (orally/in writing/by electronic communication device);
The defendant intended that his statement be understood as a threat and intended that it be communicated to Will Smith;
The threat was so clear, immediate, unconditional, and specific that it communicated to Will Smith in a serious intention and the immediate prospect that the threat would be carried out;
The threat actually caused Will Smith to be in sustained fear for his own safety;
Will Smith’s fear was reasonable under the circumstances.
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