Faced with possible dismissal or suspension after attacking Chris Rock at the Oscars last Sunday, Will Smith resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences instead.
The move comes at a time when the actor is embroiled in the most serious crisis of his career and the organization behind the Academy Awards is struggling in its attempts to deal with the repercussions of the fight.
In a statement, Smith described his actions as “shocking, painful and unforgivable” and said he would accept any additional consequences the Academy Board deems appropriate. Smith said, “The list of my injuries is long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dearest friends and loved ones, those who have been there, and the global audience at home. I have betrayed the trust of the Academy. I have deprived the other nominees and winners of the opportunity to celebrate and celebrate their outstanding work. My heart is broken. ” said.
Smith also acknowledged that his actions overshadowed other winners at the 94th Academy Awards. “I want to refocus those who deserve attention for their achievements and let the Academy return to the incredible work it has done to support creativity and art in film.” “Change takes time and I am committed to working to ensure that I never again allow violence to overtake reason.”
“We have received and accepted the immediate resignation of Mr. Will Smith from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. We are continuing our disciplinary investigations against Mr. Smith for violating the Academy’s standards of conduct at our next board meeting scheduled for April 18,” Academy President David Rubin said in a statement. We’ll keep forwarding it first.” said.