Will Smith Responds To Motion Picture Academy By Banning It From Its Events For 10 Years
Will Smith has responded to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ decision to ban him from its events for a decade, page 6․ reported.
“I accept and respect the Academy’s decision,” he said in a brief statement to Page Six on Friday.
Smith’s response came minutes after the Academy announced it was banning him from all organization events for 10 years for slapping Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars.
But the 53-year-old actor will keep the Oscar he won this year for his role in ‘King Richard’.
Last week, Smith announced he was resigning from the Academy, meaning he couldn’t vote, but could still be nominated and attend the awards.
Will Smith shocked the world when he slapped Rock, 57, in the face on March 27 after the comedian made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head. The “Girls Trip” actress, 50, suffers from alopecia, a condition that causes hair loss.
While Smith didn’t apologize to Rock upon accepting his Oscar, he posted a statement on Instagram nearly 24 hours after the ceremony, writing, “I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of place and I was wrong. I’m embarrassed and my actions weren’t indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness.
Chris Rock has decided not to press charges and has yet to officially address the matter.
Photo by Chris Pizzello/AP
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