Will Smith resigns from the Academy of the Oscars after his slap

“My actions at the 94th Academy Awards were shocking, painful and inexcusable. (…) The list of those I have injured is long”writes the American actor in a press release published this Friday.

Under a disciplinary process after the slap to the comedian Chris Rock in the middle of the Oscar ceremony, Will Smith took the lead and announced on Friday, April 1, his resignation from the organization that delivers the prestigious trophies.

“My actions at the 94th Academy Awards were shocking, painful and inexcusable”Will Smith wrote in a press release. “The list of people I have hurt is long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, everyone who was in the audience or at home. In front of last Sunday’s broadcast, the 53-year-old actor continues. “I resign as a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and will accept the consequences that the Board of Directors deems appropriate”ensures.

It was a joke by Chris Rock about the very short hair of Jada Pinkett Smith, wife of Will Smith who suffers from a disease that causes significant hair loss, that triggered the scandal on Sunday night. Will Smith suddenly came on stage and slapped Chris Rock, before the stunned gaze of celebrities and spectators. A few dozen minutes after the slap, he returned to the Oscars stage to receive the best actor award for his role in The Williams Method. “I betrayed the trust of the Academy. I deprived other contestants and winners of the opportunity to celebrate their extraordinary work. My heart is broken”regrets in your text.

It is because Chris handled this moment with grace and composure that we were able to continue the show. »

Oscar Party Producer Will Packer

In a letter to Academy members, the leaders said “indignant” for the incident, regretting that the ceremony “was overshadowed by the unacceptable and harmful behavior of a contestant on stage”. The board has initiated disciplinary proceedings against Will Smith. It must meet on April 18 to rule on his case and decide on possible sanctions, leaving the actor at least 15 days to “to be heard by means of a written response”. Among the sanctions provided for by the internal regulations of the organization was the suspension or expulsion of the Academy, which has about 10,000 members.

Voices were raised to demand that Will Smith be stripped of his Oscar, but others pointed out that neither Harvey Weinstein, a former Hollywood mogul convicted of rape and sexual assault, nor director Roman Polanski had been forced to return his statuette after being expelled from the Oscar. . Academy. Oscar night producer Will Packer paid tribute to Chris Rock’s composure and professionalism that he said saved Oscar night. “It’s because Chris handled this moment with grace and composure that we were able to continue the show.”Will Packer said Friday on ABC television.

After being slapped, the humorist had quickly chained himself, delivering, as expected, the trophy for best documentary. He then preferred to play appeasement, refusing to file a complaint against Will Smith that the police were willing to arrest for his gesture. “It allowed us to continue with the show, which is what we wanted to do”said the producer. Chris Rock first spoke about the incident on Wednesday night, shortly after taking the stage for a show in Boston. “I’m still digesting what happened. So at some point I’m going to talk about these things. And it will be serious and fun.”he has said.

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