The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have issued another statement on the slap incident between Will Smith and Chris Rock.
They continue to come out against his actions and have given an apology to Rock.
The statement says they have initiated disciplinary proceedings against Smith for violating their standards of conduct and he faces “suspension, expulsion, or other sanctions permitted.” Actions may be taken during their next meeting for the Board of Governors in April.
In the statement, they also say that they asked Smith to leave after the event, which they call “traumatic.”
In a statement received by Shadow and Act, The Academy says:
The Board of Governors 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 compromising the integrity of the Academy.
Consistent with the Academy’s Standards of Conduct, as well as California law, Mr. Smith is being provided at least 15 days’ notice of a vote regarding his violations and sanctions, and the opportunity to be heard beforehand by means of a written response. At the next board meeting on April 18, the Academy may take any disciplinary action, which may include suspension, expulsion, or other sanctions permitted by the Bylaws and Standards of Conduct.
Mr. Smith’s actions at the 94th Oscars were a deeply shocking, traumatic event to witness in-person and on television. Mr. Rock, we apologize to you for what you experienced on our stage and thank you for your resilience in that moment. We also apologize to our nominees, guests and viewers for what transpired during what should have been a celebratory event.
Things unfolded in a way we could not have anticipated. While we would like to clarify that Mr. Smith was asked to leave the ceremony and refused, we also recognize we could have handled the situation differently.
Sunday night's events have divided Hollywood and fans, with many siding with Smith but others arguing that this was not the appropriate action, time or place.
We’ll bring you the latest updates once we learn more.