Academy Begins Disciplinary Proceedings Against Will Smith
Academy Begins Disciplinary Proceedings Against Will Smith, Says He Refused to Leave Ceremony
The actor could face suspension, expulsion or other sanctions under the Academy’s Standards of Conduct for slapping Chris Rock onstage at the Oscars, according to a statement issued after a board of governors meeting.
In its statement, the Academy also said “Mr. Smith was asked to leave the ceremony and refused, [but] we also recognize we could have handled the situation differently.” The Hollywood Reporter has reached out to Smith for comment. The Academy also apologized directly to Rock in the statement, as well as nominees, guests and viewers.
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 Additionally, Smith will receive 15 days notice of a vote as well as an opportunity to be heard by written response, and at the next board meeting scheduled for April 18, the Academy may take action that could include “suspension, expulsion, or other sanctions permitted by the Bylaws and Standards of Conduct.”