The Academy has offered a new statement publicizing that Will Smith faces suspense or expatriation for slighting Chris Rock.
The Academy is moving forward with their formal review of what happed between Will Smith and Chris Rock at the Oscars on Sunday evening. As was seen live by millions of observers worldwide, Rock had joked about Jada Pinkett Smith by suggesting that he could not stay to see her inG.I. Jane 2. This led to Smith approaching Rock and smacking him across the face, followed by screaming obscenities at the funnyman over the joke.
Preliminarily, the Academy said in a brief statement that they” condemn“Smith’s conduct from that night along with word of their disquisition morning. An streamlined statement released on Wednesday goes more into detail by publicizing that Smith faces a possible suspense or expatriation. This is due to the King Richard actor’s” inappropriate physical contact“and his” threatening behavior.“In accordance with the Academy’s Standards of Conduct and California law, Smith has also formally been given 15 days’ notice of a vote regarding his violations, along with the opportunity to be heard beforehand.
Also included is a direct reason to Chris Rock over the slighting incident. The Academy notes that they could not have anticipated what happed that night but admits they could have” handled the situation else.“In response to criticism over the Academy allowing Smith to remain at the ceremony for the rest of the evening, the Academy also claims that Smith was, in fact, asked to leave and simply” refused“to do so.