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Will Smith refused to leave Oscars, violated code of conduct: Academy

NEW YORK – The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences said Will Smith was asked to go to the Oscars on Sunday after meeting Chris Rock, but he turned it down.

Many have wondered why Smith got a front row seat at the Academy Awards after the incident. On Wednesday, the academy suggested it was trying to remove the actor from the audience.

“Things developed in a way that we could not have foreseen,” the academy said. “While we want to clarify that Mr. Smith was asked to leave the ceremony and refused, we also recognize that we could have handled the situation differently.”

The academy’s board of directors met on Wednesday to initiate disciplinary proceedings against Smith for violating the group’s standards of conduct. The academy said Smith has an opportunity to defend himself in a written response before the board meets again on April 18. The academy said disciplinary action against Smith could include suspension, expulsion or other sanctions.

Will Smith (R) meets Chris Rock as Rock spoke onstage during the 94th Academy Awards.
Will Smith punches Chris Rock as Rock spoke onstage during the 94th Academy Awards.
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The film academy had previously condemned Smith’s attack on Rock on stage. But it used stronger language on Wednesday.

“Mr. Smith’s actions at the 94th Oscars were a deeply shocking, traumatic event to witness in person and on television,” the Academy said. Rock, we apologize for what you experienced on our stage and thank you for your resilience in this moment. We also apologize to our nominees, guests and viewers for what happened during a celebratory event.”

On Monday, Smith apologized to Rock, the Academy and viewers, saying, “I was out of line and I was wrong.”

https://nypost.com/2022/03/30/will-smith-refused-to-leave-oscars-broke-conduct-code-academy/ Will Smith refused to leave Oscars, violated code of conduct: Academy

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