Actor Will Smith has resigned from the Hollywood Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences after slapping presenter Chris Rock live last Monday, when the comedian made a joke about his wife, who suffers from alopecia, according to reports. the media specialized in cinema ‘Variety’.
Smith has sent a letter in response to the Hollywood Academy, which opened a disciplinary file against him last Wednesday for “violations of the Academy’s Standards of Conduct”, which include “inappropriate physical contact and abusive or threatening behavior.”
“The list of people I have hurt is long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, everyone in attendance, and audiences around the world at home,” Smith lamented in a letter collected by ‘Variety’.
The actor has assured that he wants to focus on “those who deserve attention for their achievements”, as well as allowing the Academy “to return to the incredible work it does to support creativity and art in film.” Furthermore, he has described his performance at the awards as “shocking, painful and inexcusable.”
The president of the Academy, David Rubin, has responded to the actor’s resignation by saying that they will continue to advance the disciplinary procedures, and has confirmed that the Academy has a meeting scheduled for April 18 where possible sanctions will be discussed, according to ‘Variety ‘.
During the ceremony, the presenter made a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, also an actress, who has suffered from alopecia problems, and immediately the actor got up from his seat and walked to the stage, slapping the comedian. When he returned to his seat from there he yelled at the presenter: “Get my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth.”
Smith publicly apologized to host Chris Rock last Tuesday, and noted on his official Instagram profile that such an act “was out of line” and “was wrong.” “I feel ashamed and my actions have not been representative of the man I want to be,” he added.