3.9k Share this

Will Smith was asked to leave Sunday night’s Oscar ceremony after slapping Chris Rock but refused to do so, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences said Wednesday while announcing that it had begun disciplinary proceedings against the actor.

Possible punishment could result in “suspension, expulsion or other sanctions,” it said.

The academy, which said in a statement that the allegations violate the organization’s code of conduct, also accused the actor of compromising its integrity.

“Smith’s actions at the 94th Oscars were a deeply shocking, traumatic event to witness in-person and on television,” the academy said.

“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,” it said.

Smith has 15 days to respond to the allegations, according to the statement. The academy’s board of governors, which initiated the proceedings, will vote on possible disciplinary measures April 18.

Smith, who won best actor for “King Richard,” publicly apologized to Rock on Monday, saying in a statement that he was “out of line” and “embarrassed.”

“Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive,” Smith  posted Monday night on Instagram. “My behavior at last night’s Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable.”

Smith slapped Rock after the comedian made a joke about the appearance of Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, saying: “Jada, can’t wait for G.I. Jane 2.”

Pinkett Smith has publicly said she suffers from alopecia, which causes hair loss.

Smith then returned to his seat in the Dolby Theatre and shouted: “Keep my wife’s name out of your f—–g mouth!”

Rock kept his composure after he was slapped, joking that it was the “greatest night in the history of television.” He declined to press charges, the Los Angeles Police Department said. He has not publicly addressed the incident, but he is slated to perform in Boston on Wednesday night.

Source: This post first appeared on NBC News

3.9k Share this
You May Also Like
Chicago McDonald's shooting: No bail for Jaylun Sanders, Kameron Abram, charged after 9 shot, 2 fatally, on Near North Side

Chicago McDonald’s shooting: No bail for Jaylun Sanders, Kameron Abram, charged after 9 shot, 2 fatally, on Near North Side

CHICAGO (WLS) — The two men who have been charged in a…

UK detects FOURTEEN more monkeypox cases amid warning it may have evolved to spread easier in humans

Another 14 monkeypox cases have been identified in England, as scientists warn the…
Trump praised Pence as a 'good guy' in an interview earlier this month but appears to have soured on him as 2024 election rumors grow

Pence hints he’s OPEN to challenging Trump in 2024: Ex-President’s spokesman says VP is ‘desperate’

Mike Pence is not ruling out the possibility of going head-to-head with…
Going to college with a "Hope" scholarship - 60 Minutes

Going to college with a “Hope” scholarship – 60 Minutes

Going to college with a “Hope” scholarship 05:57 Earlier this year, high…

Government tax take soars 12% year-on-year to £50bn in April

Struggling Britons were today warned they face another near-50 per cent hike…

Denver Archbishop Commends Decision to Deny Communion to Pelosi

ROME — Denver Archbishop Samuel Aquila released a statement Friday in support…
A 19-year-old University of Minnesota student reported missing nearly two weeks ago has been confirmed dead after a body was found in the Mississippi River

Body of missing University of Minnesota student Austin Retterath, 19, is found in Mississippi River

Body of missing University of Minnesota engineering student Austin Retterath, 19, is…
I-Team: Rogue Towers

I-Team: Rogue Towers

Tow truck companies accused of hiking prices – AFTER they take your…