A majority of Americans believe actor and Democratic megadonor Will Smith should be criminally charged for his assault on comedian Chris Rock at the Oscars, according to a new poll.
The survey conducted by OnePoll found 66 percent of respondents believe Smith should be booked for assault, including 36 percent who "strongly" believe he should be charged.
Smith slapped Rock at the Academy Awards on Sunday night after Rock made a joke referring to Smith's wife's bald head. Smith stormed the stage, struck Rock, and then returned to his seat, shouting, "Keep my wife's name out of your fucking mouth."
Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith, who say they are in an open marriage, are major supporters of the Democratic Party. The couple, along with top fundraisers such as Harvey Weinstein, were among bundlers for former president Barack Obama's reelection campaign, helping to raise more than $500,000 for Obama.
While most respondents said Smith should face charges, 62 percent still said they believe he had at least some justification for slapping Rock.
Smith apologized Tuesday to Rock for the assault. Police in Los Angeles, where the attack took place, said they don't intend to book Smith unless Rock presses charges.
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