Will Smith will not be permitted to attend any events held by Hollywood’s top film group for the next decade.
Los Angeles: Two weeks after the actor astonished the world by slapping the comedian Chris Rock on stage, the Hollywood actor Will Smith got banned from Friday from attending the Oscars for the next 10 years.
Also Smith is not allowed to make his presence in any other events held by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for next decade.
In a letter from Academy chiefs, it did not revoke the best actor award which he won last month for “King Richard”. Also it did not mention any ban on future Oscar nominations.
“The Board has decided, for a period of 10 years from April 8, 2022, Mr. Smith shall not be permitted to attend any Academy events or programs, in person or virtually” wrote president David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson.
Smith’s actions during a live global broadcast stunned audiences and cast a shadow over both the night’s big winners and the Tinseltown showcase event itself.
“The 94th Oscars were meant to be a celebration of the many individuals in our community who did incredible work this past year; however, those moments were overshadowed by the unacceptable and harmful behavior we saw Mr. Smith exhibit on stage,” said the Academy letter.
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. We also hope this can begin a time of healing and restoration for all involved and impacted.
Will Smith went to the Oscars stage and slapped Rock across the face after a joke made about his wife’s closely cropped hair. Actress Jada Pinkett Smith has alopecia, which is a hair loss condition. The Academy has said Smith was asked to leave the Oscars ballroom shortly after the attack.
Later Los Angeles police asked Chris Rock if he wanted to file a report against Smith, but Rock simply declined it. Smith apologized to Rock, describing his actions at the Oscars as “shocking, painful and inexcusable,” before resigning from the Academy days later.
“I am resigning from membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and will accept any further consequences the Board deems appropriate,” said Smith. Will Smith is only the fifth Black man to win the movie world’s highest individual award for an actor.