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Will Smith News – live: Academy meets to decide on possible sanctions over Chris Rock punch

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Moment Will Smith beats Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars

It’s been almost two weeks since Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars.

The academy is meeting today (April 8) to decide what “consequences” Smith should face for the incident in which the actor met Rock on stage and berated him after the comedian cracked a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith had made.

“Jada, I love you. GI Jane 2He can’t wait to see you,” Rock joked in an apparent reference to Pinkett Smith’s shaved head. Pinkett Smith explained last year that she shaved her head after battling alopecia.

Smith, who later won the Best Actor award in the ceremony, took to the stage and slapped Rock before yelling at him, “Keep my wife’s name out of your friggin’ mouth.”

In a statement released after the incident, the Academy “condemned” Smith’s actions and said an investigation into possible sanctions was being launched.

“The Academy condemns Mr Smith’s actions at last night’s show,” the organization 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.”

Smith subsequently resigned from the academy, but some have speculated he could be stripped of his best actor award – which he won during this year’s ceremony for his role in the tennis biopic King Richard.

Follow the live updates below…

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Much of the post-Oscars decision-making was unclear – how far could the Academy take sanctions?

Revocation of Smith’s Oscar would be the harshest outcome, but it’s not necessarily the most likely scenario.

Whoopi Goldberg, one of the directors of the Academy’s acting department, openly stated that Smith’s Oscar would not be taken away.

“Sometimes you get to a point where you misbehave,” she said. “I’ve misbehaved myself on occasion.”

“We’re not going to take that Oscar away from him,” Goldberg said. “I’m sure there will be consequences, but I don’t think they will, especially because Chris said, ‘Listen, I’m not filing any charges.'”

Read her full quotes here…

However, this contradicts some of what has been said elsewhere, with reports surfacing of a rift between Academy members over Smith’s punishment.

Louis ChiltonApril 8, 2022 7:04 p.m

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Academy meets to decide on “consequences”.

Hello and welcome to the live blog.

We follow as the Academy meets to determine what further sanctions will face Will Smith following the incident at the Oscars 2022.

There’s no word yet on when a decision is expected, but the meeting is set to take place now.

If Smith’s Oscar is taken away, it would mark an unprecedented action by the Academy – but then again, nothing about this year’s awards had too much precedent.

Louis ChiltonApr 8, 2022 6:53 p.m

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