Will Smith refuses to leave party after slapping Chris Rock
After slapping Chris Rock, actor Will Smith turned down an invitation to attend the Oscars. This was stated in a statement issued by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which organizes the Oscar Awards. The statement came as the Film Academy launched an operation to expel Will Smith, winner of the Best Actor award, from the group. It is thought that the incident took place when Chris Rock made fun of Will Smith's wife's hair on stage.
Will Smith went on stage and slapped the comedian. Within an hour of the incident, Will Smith accepted the Best Actor award, prompting people to ask why he had not been removed from the ceremony. A statement from the academy said, "We did not expect this to happen the way things went." "Although we want to make it clear that Will Smith was asked to leave the event but he refused, we want to acknowledge that we should have reacted differently to the situation," the statement said.
The academy said it had initiated proceedings against Will Smith for violating the academy's code of conduct. According to the statement, "this action is being taken under the pretext of inappropriate physical contact, insulting or threatening behavior and tarnishing the image of the academy." Will Smith's suspension, expulsion, or other sanctions are expected to be approved at the Academy's board meeting on April 18.
On March 28, Will Smith apologized to Chris Rock, the academy, and to those who attended the event. He said in an Instagram post that his behavior at the event, which was televised, was unacceptable and unforgivable.
"I want to publicly apologize to Chris, I went out of my way and I'm wrong," he said.
On the other hand, during a show in Boston on March 30, Chris Rock spoke about this issue in public for the first time. He said he was still trying to figure out what had happened and would discuss it later.
"It may be serious, it may be funny, but I want to tell you some jokes right now," he said.
Under the academy's rules, Will Smith has the opportunity to provide a written response before taking any action but has not yet made a statement or response. In a statement, the academy apologized to Chris Rock and thanked him for not making a fuss. After the slap, the comedian calmed himself down and announced the winner of the best documentary.