Will Smith resigns from film academy after Chris Rock slap


Will Smith resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Friday following his nightly Oscar slap against Chris Rock and said he would accept any further sanctions imposed by the organization.

A spokesperson for Smith released a statement from the actor on Friday afternoon.

“I will fully accept all consequences of my conduct. My actions during the presentation of the 94th Academy Awards were shocking, painful and inexcusable,” Smith said in the statement.

Smith’s resignation came two days after the academy met to initiate disciplinary proceedings against Smith for violating band standards of conduct.

On Sunday, Smith emerged from his front row seat at the Dolby Theater onto the stage and punched Rock, who had made a joke at the expense of Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.

Rock, who was about to present the Oscar for Best Documentary, declined to press charges at the request of the police.