Will Smith has been banned from attending the Academy Awards for the next decade after slapping Chris Rock during the ceremony last month; however, his wife will still be allowed to participate in in-person events. Smith confronted Rock onstage after the comedian made a joke about the close-cropped hair of Jada Pinkett Smith, Smith’s wife.
Jada Pinkett Smith has alopecia, a skin condition resulting in hair loss. After striking Rock, Smith returned to his seat and screamed profanities at his fellow star. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences called Smith’s behavior offensive to organization members on Friday. The recently minted Academy Award winner would not be allowed at any events or programs hosted by the group for ten years, either in person or virtually.
“This action we are taking today in response to Will Smith’s behavior is a step toward a larger goal of protecting the safety of our performers and guests and restoring trust in the Academy,” the Academy wrote in a letter to members. The Academy’s board was initially set to convene on April 18 to discuss possible disciplinary actions, including a potential suspension from the organization.
In a statement, Smith said: “I accept and respect the Academy’s decision.” Rock’s representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
However, last week Smith resigned from the Academy, calling his actions “shocking, painful, and inexcusable.” Smith apologized to the Academy and his fellow nominees during his acceptance speech for the best actor award, which he won for his portrayal of Richard Williams in “King Richard.” He also apologized to Rock via social media the day after the ceremony. Rock has been holding back from commenting too on the slap.
At a comedy show last week in Boston, he told a crowd that he was “still processing what happened.” Comedian Chris Rock may be planning to file a HUGE lawsuit. According to legal experts, Will Smith’s slap was considered a crime, but the chances of prosecution are slim. According to media take-out News, Chris Rock was seen inside one of the largest procedural law firms in the country with possible plans to sue will smith and the Oscars.