Academy: Will Smith refused to leave Oscars after Chris Rock slap

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Many questioned why Will Smith was allowed to keep on the Oscars after slapping Chris Rock. The Academy now says Smith was “asked” to leave.

LOS ANGELES — The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences stated that Will Smith was requested to leave Sunday’s Oscars after hitting Chris Rock however refused.

Many have questioned why Smith was allowed to stay seated within the entrance row on the Academy Awards after the incident. On Wednesday, the academy advised that it tried to take away the actor from the viewers.

“Things unfolded in a way we could not have anticipated,” the academy stated. “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.”

The academy’s board of governors met Wednesday to provoke disciplinary proceedings in opposition to Smith for violations in opposition to the group’s requirements of conduct. The academy stated Smith has the chance to defend himself in a written response earlier than the board meets once more on April 18. The academy stated disciplinary motion for Smith might embody suspension, expulsion or different sanctions.

The movie academy earlier condemned Smith’s onstage assault of Rock. But it used stronger language Wednesday.

“Mr. Smith’s actions at the 94th Oscars were a deeply shocking, traumatic event to witness in-person and on television,” the academy said. “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.”

On Monday, Smith issued an apology to Rock, the academy and to viewers, saying “I was out of line and I was wrong.”