Will Smith onstage after winning Best Actor at the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 27, 2022 (Getty Images)


The Motion Picture Academy said Wednesday after beginning disciplinary hearings that Will Smith was asked to leave the Oscars ceremony and “refused” to leave.

The statement said that Smith could face suspension, expulsion or other sanctions based on its standards of conduct.

“Things unfolded in a way we could not have anticipated. While we would like to clarify that Mr. Smith was asked to leave the ceremony and refused, we also recognize we could have handled the situation differently,” the Academy said in a statement.

The Academy will determine at its next board meeting on April 15 how to take disciplinary action, and Smith will be given at least 15 days notice of a vote regarding his violations and sanctions, as well as an opportunity to be heard via written response, according to the statement.

Smith is now in day three of the fallout over his shocking slap of presenter Chris Rock after the comedian made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith starring in “GI Jane 2” due to her shaved head.

Read the memo below:

The Board of Governors today initiated disciplinary proceedings against Mr. Smith for violations of the Academy’s Standards of Conduct, including inappropriate physical contact, abusive or threatening behavior, and compromising the integrity of the Academy.

Consistent with the Academy’s Standards of Conduct, as well as California law, Mr. Smith is being provided at least 15 days’ notice of a vote regarding his violations and sanctions, and the opportunity to be heard beforehand by means of a written response. At the next board meeting on April 18, the Academy may take any disciplinary action, which may include suspension, expulsion, or other sanctions permitted by the Bylaws and Standards of Conduct.

Mr. Smith’s actions at the 94th Oscars were a deeply shocking, traumatic event to witness in-person and on television. Mr. Rock, we apologize to you for what you experienced on our stage and thank you for your resilience in that moment. We also apologize to our nominees, guests and viewers for what transpired during what should have been a celebratory event.

Things unfolded in a way we could not have anticipated. While we would like to clarify that Mr. Smith was asked to leave the ceremony and refused, we also recognize we could have handled the situation differently.


Reference-www.thewrap.com

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