Will Smith banned from Oscars for 10 years for slapping Chris Rock


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Friday banned Will Smith from attending the Oscars or any other academy event for 10 years after he slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars.

The move comes after a meeting of the academy’s board to discuss a response to Smith’s actions.

The academy in a statement called Smith’s actions “unacceptable and harmful.”

Smith preemptively resigned from the academy last week in preparation for the meeting and said he would accept any punishment imposed by the academy.

“I accept and respect the Academy’s decision,” Smith said in a statement.

Smith punches presenter Chris Rock onstage while presenting the award for Best Documentary Feature at the Oscars on March 27. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

The academy also apologized for handling the situation and allowing Smith to stay and accept his Best Actor award.

“During our television broadcast, we did not adequately address the situation in the room. For that, we are sorry,” the academy said. “It was an opportunity for us to set an example for our guests, viewers and our Academy family around the world, and we fell short – unprepared for the unprecedented.”