The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the initiation of “disciplinary proceedings” against Will Smith over his behavior at Sunday’s Oscars.
The Academy said in a statement Wednesday that its Board of Governors has begun the process of disciplining Smith for “inappropriate physical contact, abusive or threatening behavior and compromising the integrity of the Academy.”
The Academy also said that Smith was asked to leave the Oscars after slapping Chris Rock on stage and yelling expletives, but the actor refused. Smith went on to win the Oscar for best actor for his role in “King Richard,” giving a tearful speech on stage.
“Things unfolded in a way we could not have anticipated,” the Academy’s statement read. “While we would like to clarify that Mr. Smith was asked to leave the ceremony and refused, we also recognize we could have handled the situation differently.”
The Academy also condemned Smith’s actions as a “deeply shocking, traumatic event to witness in person and on television” and apologized to Rock, whom Smith slapped on stage over a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s bald head.