Will Smith has submitted his resignation from the Oscars body following his attack on Chris Rock during the weekend ceremony, a statement said Friday.
“I resign as a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and will accept any other consequences the Board deems appropriate,” the actor wrote in a statement released by multiple studios. .
“My actions at the 94th Academy Awards were shocking, painful and inexplicable.
“The list of people I’ve hurt is long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, all of those present and the global audience back home. “
Attendees at the Dolby Theater gasped as Smith stood on stage and slapped Rock in the face after the comic mocked his wife’s mutilated head.
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“I have betrayed the trust of the Academy. I have deprived them of their opportunity to be nominated and other winners to celebrate and be honored for their extraordinary achievement. I am heartbroken.
“I want to focus back on those who deserve attention for their accomplishments and allow the Academy to return to the incredible work it does to support creativity and artistry in film. .”
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