Academy formally launches disciplinary action against Will Smith

If you think slapping ‘the whole world is over’, you are wrong. Just days after Will Smith unexpectedly slapped Chris Rock at this year’s Oscars, the academy has officially launched disciplinary action against him … and Will is facing some serious consequences.

@ Variety Report, the Academy Awards Board of Governors recently held one Emergency meeting During this year’s Oscar telecast to discuss the consequences that Will Smith has faced after being attacked on stage by Chris Rock. The serious repercussions he has faced include “suspension, expulsion or other sanctions approved.” Citing the academy’s bylaws, the board will make an official “decision to take appropriate action for Mr. Smith” at its next meeting on April 18. This latest development follows an earlier letter from Academy Awards President David Rubin and Academy CEO Don Hudson to the full membership board, stating that they were “outraged” by Will Smith’s actions.

It was further stated by the academy that Will refused to leave the building, “We want to make it clear that Mr. Smith was asked to leave the event and refused. We also acknowledge that we could have handled the situation differently.” That’s not all, as the academy released a lengthy statement about disciplinary action that was highlighted by a formal apology to Chris Rock. “Mr. 94th Oscar was a deeply traumatic, traumatic event to witness Smith’s work in person and on television. Mr Rock, we apologize to you for what you felt on our stage and thank you for your resilience at that moment. And an apology to the audience for what should have been a celebration, “the statement read in part.

The rest of the academy’s statement outlines the whole process that will happen, as it decides how to discipline Will Smith:

The Board of Governors today initiated disciplinary action against Mr. Smith for inappropriate physical contact, offensive or threatening behavior, and breach of the Academy’s Code of Conduct for compromising the integrity of the academy.

In line with the academy’s code of conduct and California law, Mr. Smith is being given at least 15 days’ notice to vote on his violations and bans, and is being given a hearing in advance with a written response. At its next board meeting on 18 April, the Academy may take any disciplinary action, including suspension, expulsion, or other restrictions approved by the bylaws and standards of conduct.

As we reported earlier, Will Smith posted an apology on Instagram about Chris Rock’s physical assault, but, despite previous reports, the two did not talk about the incident.

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