The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which presents the Oscars, announced in a press release on Wednesday March 30, “that it was requested to [l’acteur américain Will] Smith to leave the ceremony and that he refused”, after he slapped comedian Chris Rock at the ceremony held in Los Angeles on Sunday.
“We also recognize that we could have handled the situation differently,” nevertheless admitted the Academy, whose board of directors opened a “Disciplinary Proceedings Against Will Smith for Violations [de son] rules, which includes inappropriate physical contact, abusive or dangerous conduct and compromising the integrity of the Academy”also announces the press release.
An eventual “disciplinary action” against him will be discussed at a meeting scheduled for April 18, she adds. It could include the suspension or expulsion of Will Smith from the Academy, which has thousands of members. The queen institution of American cinema gives the actor 15 days before the Academy decides, thus offering him “the opportunity to be heard by means of a written response”continues the text.
It was a joke by Chris Rock about the shaved head of Will Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, suffering from alopecia – a disease causing severe hair loss, which she revealed to suffer from a few years ago – which had triggered the ‘scandal.
Will Smith suddenly took the stage and slapped Chris Rock, to the dumbfounded gaze of celebrities and viewers. Will Smith, rewarded shortly after the incident by the Oscar for best actor for his role in The Williams Methodhas since issued a public apology to Chris Rock and the Academy.