Thursday, December 01, 2022

Academy: Will Smith refuses to leave Oscars, breaks code of conduct

NEW YORK (AP) – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Will Smith was asked to leave for Sunday’s Oscars after hitting Chris Rock, but declined.

Many have questioned why Smith was allowed to remain in the front row at the Oscars after the incident. The academy on Wednesday suggested he try to remove the actor from the audience.

The academy’s board of governors met on Wednesday to initiate disciplinary action against Smith for violations of the group’s standards of conduct. The academy said Smith had the opportunity to defend himself in a written response before the council met again on April 18. The academy said disciplinary action for Smith could include suspension, expulsion or other sanctions.

The film academy had earlier condemned Smith’s attack on Rock on stage. But it used stronger language on Wednesday.

Smith apologized to Rock, the academy and viewers on Monday, saying, “I was out of line and I was wrong.”

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