Many questioned why Will Smith was allowed to remain on the Oscars after slapping Chris Rock. The Academy now says Smith was “requested” to go away.
LOS ANGELES — The Academy of Movement Photos Arts and Sciences stated that Will Smith was requested to go away Sunday’s Oscars after hitting Chris Rock however refused.
Many have questioned why Smith was allowed to stay seated within the entrance row on the Academy Awards after the incident. On Wednesday, the academy instructed that it tried to take away the actor from the viewers.
“Issues unfolded in a manner we couldn’t have anticipated,” the academy stated. “Whereas we want to make clear that Mr. Smith was requested to go away the ceremony and refused, we additionally acknowledge we may have dealt with the state of affairs in another way.”
The academy’s board of governors met Wednesday to provoke disciplinary proceedings towards Smith for violations towards the group’s requirements of conduct. The academy stated Smith has the chance to defend himself in a written response earlier than the board meets once more on April 18. The academy stated disciplinary motion for Smith may embrace suspension, expulsion or different sanctions.
The movie academy earlier condemned Smith’s onstage assault of Rock. However it used stronger language Wednesday.
“Mr. Smith’s actions on the 94th Oscars had been a deeply surprising, traumatic occasion to witness in-person and on tv,” the academy stated. “Mr. Rock, we apologize to you for what you skilled on our stage and thanks in your resilience in that second. We additionally apologize to our nominees, visitors and viewers for what transpired throughout what ought to have been a celebratory occasion.”
On Monday, Smith issued an apology to Rock, the academy and to viewers, saying “I used to be out of line and I used to be flawed.”