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Actor Will Smith has submitted his resignation from the Academy of Hollywood, which awards the Oscars, after slapping comedian Chris Rock during the ceremony on Sunday, he announced Friday in a statement.
“I resign my membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and will accept any other consequences that the Board deems appropriate,” the actor wrote in a statement published by the specialized magazine “Variety”.
In his letter, the famous interpreter cataloged his actions as “shocking, painful and inexcusable.”
“I betrayed the trust of the Academy. I deprived other nominees and winners of their opportunity to celebrate and be celebrated for their extraordinary work,” added the actor whose career began in the 1990s.
David Rubin, the body’s president, said they accepted Smith’s resignation. However, he indicated that the disciplinary process against him will continue.
According to the manager, Smith may have violated the Rules of Conduct of the Oscars. This will be evaluated at a meeting of her board on April 18.
On Wednesday, the Academy said the actor faced suspension or expulsion, among other consequences. At the moment the entity has not expressed itself on the possibility of withdrawing the only Oscar of his extensive career that he obtained that same night.
What happened at the ceremony?
Rock was hosting one of the Academy Awards on Sunday night when in his comedic routine he talked about Will Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smithwho has dealt with alopecia and therefore wore a shaved haircut at the ceremony.
The comedian joked, “Jada, I can’t wait for GI Jane 2,” referring to GI Jane, the 1997 film in which actress Demi Moore shaved her head to play Jordan O’Neil, the first woman to receive Navy Seal training.
Smith then went onstage and punched Rock in the face and demanded that he not talk about his wife.
That same night, Smith won the award for best actor for his performance in the film king richard.
After the incident, the Academy asked him to leave the ceremony, but he refused, according to the entity. Social media videos showed Smith partying after the event.
“We asked Mr. Smith to leave the ceremony and he refused, but we also recognize that we could have handled the situation differently,” the Academy said in a statement.
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