New Delhi, Jnn. Actor Will Smith slapped host Chris Rock on stage during the Oscar Awards ceremony on Sunday. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, which governs the award ceremony, has initiated disciplinary action in this matter and strict action may be taken against Will Smith. As of now, no information has been revealed about whether or not his Oscar Award will be withdrawn under this action.
According to a Variety report quoting sources, Academy President David Rubin and CEO Don Hudson had a virtual meeting with Will Smith via Zoom on Tuesday. In this meeting, which lasted about half an hour, Will was discussed about the incident on Sunday. Another source said the meeting was brief and Smith apologized again for his behavior during this time.
Disciplinary Action Against Will
Will also said that he has an idea of what the consequences are going to be. The actor, who won his first Oscar for Best Actor for King Richard, also tried to explain to the office bearers why he had done so. Will said that The Rock joked about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s hair. Pinkett has lost her hair due to alopecia. However, there is no mention of this meeting in the official statement by the Academy. After a meeting of the Academy’s Board of Governors, it was announced that Will Smith had violated the Academy’s code of conduct and would face suspension, expulsion or sanctions.
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The Academy also asked Will Smith to leave the auditorium after the slap incident, but he refused. However, as reported by Variety, the Academy did not make any such request at the time, nor did producer Will Packer ask to stay. After the slap incident, Will was announced the Best Actor Award for King Richard. He also gave a 5-minute speech after winning.
Will issued a statement on Monday the next day on social media, apologizing to Chris Rock, the Academy and all concerned.
Academy apologizes to Chris Rock
The Academy also apologized to host Chris Rock in a statement: “Mr. Rock, we apologize for your experience on stage and thank you for your patience in that moment.”
Los Angeles police arrived to arrest Will
Oscar producer Will Packer told a show that Los Angeles police had arrived at the venue on Sunday night to arrest Will Smith, but Rock refused to file a report. However, if the incident is reported later, the LAPD is ready to investigate. (With IANS Inputs)
Edited By: Manoj Vashisth