Will Smith resigns from Academy after slapping Chris Rock at Oscars – The Independent
Will Smith has resigned from the Oscars Academy following an incident during which he slapped comedian Chris Rock.
The actor had been facing disciplinary action such as possible expulsion or suspension from the Academy.
Instead, he has chosen to resign. In a statement, Smith called his actions “shocking, painful and inexcusable” and said he will accept any “further consequences” the Academy may still decide on.
“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’s statement 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 added: “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.”
His statement concluded: “Change takes time and I am committed to doing the work to ensure that I never again allow violence to overtake reason.”
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