Academy begins disciplinary proceedings against Will Smith – The Hollywood Reporter

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has launched “disciplinary proceedings” against Will Smith over his conduct at the Oscars, with the organization revealing that Smith had been asked to leave but declined to do so after he had Chris Rock onstage. beaten during the ceremony.

“The Board of Directors today initiated disciplinary proceedings against Mr. Smith for violations of the Academy’s standards of conduct, including inappropriate physical contact, abusive or threatening behavior and endangering the integrity of the Academy,” the statement said.

In addition, Smith will receive 15 days’ notice, as well as the opportunity to be heard in writing, and at the next board meeting scheduled for April 18, the Academy may take action, including “suspension, expulsion, or other sanctions.” permitted by the statutes and standards of conduct.”

In its statement, the Academy also said, “Mr. Smith was asked to leave the ceremony and declined, [but] we also recognize that we could have handled the situation differently.” The Hollywood Reporter has contacted Smith for comment. The Academy also apologized directly to Rock in the statement, as well as nominees, guests and viewers.

Rock presented the best documentary at the Oscars of 2022 on Sunday when he got a GI Jane joke about Jada Pinkett Smith, who has a shaved head (the actress has alopecia). After Smith walked to the stage to punch Rock, Smith returned to his seat and yelled at the host to take his wife’s name out of his “damn mouth.” Smith later won the Best Actor award for his performance in King Richard† While receiving his first-ever Oscar, he apologized to the Academy and his fellow nominees; he didn’t mention Rock, though.

The organization’s board of directors officials had an emergency meeting a day later, and the entire board met at 12:00 p.m. PT Wednesday to discuss the incident.

A board of governors attending Wednesday’s meeting said there was widespread support for Smith’s suspension or removal from the Academy. “I think everyone is unanimous that what he did got out of hand,” the person said on condition of anonymity.

“People want real consequences. Every member of every branch reaches out to all their governors,” the source said. “It was an attack — and not just a physical attack, but an attack on the community.”

During the meeting, board members were told that the Academy leadership had requested Smith to leave the theater, but that he apparently refused. However, it is still not clear who asked him to leave, or what the sequence of events was. The source added that footage of Will Smith and his family celebrating and dancing at the post-Oscar Vanity Fair party as if nothing had happened was an added insult.

THRScott Feinberg, the awards columnist, has spoken to numerous Academy members since the show Sunday who felt the organization should at the very least suspend Smith’s membership, citing the group’s standards of conduct that were released eight weeks after the Harvey Weinstein’s sexual misdeeds had been brought to light. And hardly anyone said that Smith should be back at the Oscars show next year to carry out the ceremonial tradition where the previous year’s best actor presents the best actress award.

After numerous convictions, including from the Academy, Smith took to Instagram Monday to apologize to Rock. “Violence in all its forms is toxic and destructive. My behavior at last night’s Academy Awards was unacceptable and unforgivable.”

Rock hasn’t released a statement yet, but the Los Angeles Police Department has confirmed THR that he refused to report.

See below for the full statement from the Academy.

The Board of Directors today initiated disciplinary proceedings against Mr. Smith for violating the Academy’s standards of conduct, including inappropriate physical contact, abusive or threatening behavior, and endangering the integrity of the Academy.

In accordance with the Academy’s Standards of Conduct and California law, Mr. Smith has at least 15 days’ notice to vote on his violations and sanctions, and will be given the opportunity to be heard beforehand through a written response. At the next board meeting on April 18, the Academy may take disciplinary action, including suspension, expulsion, or other sanctions permitted by statute and standards of conduct.

Mr Smith’s actions at the 94e Oscars were a deeply shocking, traumatic event to witness in person and on television. mr. Rock, we apologize for what you went through on our stage and thank you for your resilience at that time. We also apologize to our nominees, guests and viewers for what happened during what should have been a celebratory event.

Things unfolded in ways we could not have foreseen. While we would like to clarify that Mr. Smith was asked to leave the ceremony and declined, we also recognize that we could have handled the situation differently.

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