Will smith Bags 10 years suspension from the academy

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Will smith assaulting Chris Rocks
Will smith assaulting Chris Rocks

Will smith Bags 10 years

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Board of Governors agreed on Friday to ban troubled Hollywood actor Will Smith from all Academy events for ten years, including the Oscars, as part of the sanctions for Smith’s slap of presenter Chris Rock during the 94th Academy Awards telecast.

Smith had hit comedian and actor, Rock, during the Oscars, which were aired live around the world from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, with over 2,500 attendees, for making jokes about his wife.

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Shortly after the event, which drew global outrage after a video of the slap was shared on social media platforms throughout the world, Smith received the night’s most prized award, Best Actor, for his part in the biopic King Richard.

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“Will Smith just smacked the s—t out of me,” Rock stated after the slap. Smith yelled back at the comedian, “Keep my wife’s name out of your f—king mouth,” as he returned to his seat beside his wife.

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had denounced Rock’s actions, announcing that it had initiated an investigation into the incident and later apologising to him.

“I accept and respect the Academy’s decision,” Smith, who resigned from the Academy last week, said in a statement shortly after.

“Today, the Board of Governors convened a meeting to discuss how best to respond to Will Smith’s actions at the Oscars, in addition to accepting his resignation,” the Academy stated in a statement. Mr. Smith will not be permitted to attend any Academy events or programmes, in person or online, for a period of ten years beginning April 8, 2022, including but not limited to the Academy Awards.

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“We wish to convey our heartfelt gratitude to Mr. Rock for his calm demeanour in the face of adversity. We’d also like to express our gratitude to our hosts, nominees, presenters, and winners for their poise and grace throughout the show.

“Today’s action in response to Will Smith’s behaviour is a step toward a larger goal of ensuring the safety of our performers and guests, as well as restoring trust in the Academy.” We also hope that this will mark the start of a period of healing and repair for all those engaged and affected.”

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