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Academy ‘condemns’ Will Smith’s Oscar slap and promises review

A “formal review” of Will Smith’s Oscar night slap by Chris Rock is underway, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Monday as it denounced the “King Richard” star’s behavior.

“The Academy condemns the actions of Mr. Smith,” the statement said.

“We have officially begun a formal review of the incident and will review further actions and consequences consistent with our bylaws, standards of conduct and California law.”

The AMPAS statement is her first official comment since the prime-time attack — although she tweeted early Monday that she “condones no form of violence.” The group stopped noticing any specific consequences Smith might face.

Late Sunday, Smith took the stage and slapped Rock after making a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s baldness, prompting Hollywood insiders to speculate whether his eventual Best Actor Oscar for his performance in King Richard might be revoked could become.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences condemned Will Smith's crackdown on Chris Rock and announced a formal review of the incident would be conducted.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences condemned Will Smith’s crackdown on Chris Rock and announced a formal review of the incident would be conducted.
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A longtime academy member told The Post that they don’t think Smith will be deprived of the honor – but that it’s possible he won’t be asked to present the Best Actress Oscar again next year, as is customary. Smith could also have his membership removed altogether after violating the group’s strict code of conduct, the source said.

“He crossed a line,” the academy source said.

“Where was the security? It was a bad joke, in bad taste, but Jada could have just grabbed Will’s arm when she saw him stand up and pulled him back. Will could have just yelled at Chris from his seat… He could have said, ‘Hey, apologize to my wife’ from his seat.”

Rock did not press charges against Smith after the onstage altercation.
Rock did not press charges against Smith after the onstage altercation.
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Whoopi Goldberg, a governor on the board of AMPAS, said Monday Smith will not lose his trophy, but the consequences will certainly come.

“We’re not going to take that Oscar away from him,” she said on The View.

“We’re not Gonna Take It. Well, there will be consequences, I’m sure. But I don’t think they will be. Especially since Chris said, ‘Listen, I’m not making any charges.'”

Rock made a joke about Smith's wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, being bald.
Rock joked that Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, was bald.
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The Los Angeles Police Department released a statement saying Rock “refused to file a police report,” but if he changes his mind, the agency will “be available to prepare an investigative report.”

A source close to Rock said he doesn’t think he will press charges, but “it’s not decided yet”.

“He has the right to file a complaint,” the source said.

https://nypost.com/2022/03/28/academy-condemns-will-smiths-oscar-slap-promises-review/ Academy ‘condemns’ Will Smith’s Oscar slap and promises review

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