The Academy of Movement Footage Arts and Sciences has “initiated disciplinary proceedings” towards actor Will Smith over his actions at Sunday’s Oscars, the group introduced on Wednesday.
“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,” the group behind the Oscars stated in a press release.
The assertion additionally claims that Smith was requested to go away the ceremony after the incident “and refused.” The Academy stated it acknowledges “we could have handled the situation differently.”
Smith has come underneath hearth in latest days after he stormed the stage on Sunday and slapped presenter Chris Rock after Rock made a joke about Smith’s spouse, actress Jada Pinkett Smith.
“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,” the assertion added. “We also apologize to our nominees, guests and viewers for what transpired during what should have been a celebratory event.”
One other board assembly is ready to happen on April 18, at which era, “the Academy may take any disciplinary action, which may include suspension, expulsion, or other sanctions permitted by the Bylaws and Standards of Conduct,” the assertion stated.
“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,” the assertion stated.
CNN has reached out to Smith’s representatives for remark.
Nonetheless the speak of the city
The sturdy assertion from the Academy comes because the dialog over the slap heard around the globe was displaying no indicators of cooling.
Rock has remained publicly silent on the incident, so all eyes are on the beginning of his comedy tour, which kicks off Wednesday evening in Boston.
Comedians Wanda Sykes and Amy Schumer, two of the three hosts on Sunday evening, additionally spoke out on Wednesday with sturdy phrases of assist for Rock, as did Rock’s brother.
In the meantime, Smith has maintained a low profile on social media since issuing his prolonged apology on Monday.
“I was out of line and I was wrong,” he wrote partially. “I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness.”
Smith’s apology was not sufficient, nevertheless, to quell the response from Academy leaders, who stated in a letter to members on Wednesday that they had been “upset and outraged.”
This got here as many leveled criticism towards the Academy for its dealing with of the incident on Sunday evening.
Sykes instructed Ellen DeGeneres on an look on her speak present that she felt Smith ought to have been escorted out.
“For them to let him stay in that room and enjoy the rest of the show and accept his award, I was like, ‘How gross is this? This is just the wrong message,’” she stated.