Will Smith resigns from Academy following Chris Rock slap scandal

Fox News reports that actor Will Smith has decided to resign from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 

This comes after Smith, during the Oscars ceremony that was held last Sunday, walked up on stage and slapped host Chris Rock. The slap followed a joke that Rock told about mith’s wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith. “Jada, ‘GI Jane 2,’ I can’t wait to see it,” Rock said, referring to her balding scalp.

After the slap, Smith walked back to his seat from where he twice shouted at Rock, “Keep my wife’s name out of you f****** mouth.”

Smith was allowed to remain at the event, and he even received an award and got a standing ovation. Smith didn’t apologize to Rock that night, but he did apologize afterward. Rock chose not to press charges.

“Inexcusable”

Smith announced his resignation from the academy on Friday.

“I have directly responded to the Academy’s disciplinary hearing notice, and I will fully accept any and all consequences for my conduct,” Smith wrote. “My actions at the 94th Academy Awards presentation were shocking, painful, and inexcusable.”

“The list of those I have hurt is long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, all those in attendance, and global audiences at home,” Smith continued. “I betrayed the trust of the Academy. I deprived other nominees and winners of their opportunity to celebrate and be celebrated for their extraordinary work.”

“I am heartbroken,” Smith said. “I want to put the focus back on those who deserve attention for their achievements and allow the Academy to get back to the incredible work it does to support creativity and artistry in film. So, I am resigning from membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and will accept any further consequences the Board deems appropriate.”

Accepted

The academy responded with a statement of its own accepting Smith’s resignation.

“We have received and accepted Mr. Will Smith’s immediate resignation from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences,” the academy wrote.

It added, “we will continue to move forward with our disciplinary proceedings against Mr. Smith for violations of the Academy’s Standards of Conduct, in advance of our next scheduled board meeting on April 18.”

Now that Smith has resigned, it is unclear what kind of discipline, if any, it will hand out to Smith.

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