Will Smith resigned from the American Film Academy after hitting Oscar host Chris Rock

According to the actor, he “betrayed the trust of the Academy” and harmed the audience of the award around the world.

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American actor Will Smith, known for the films “People in Black”, “Seven Lives” and “King Richard”, decided to leave the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of the United States after the incident at the Oscars. This was reported by Deadline and Variety.

The list of those I have offended is long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and relatives, all present and spectators from all over the world. I trusted the Academy. I deprived other nominees and winners of the opportunity to celebrate and be honored for their outstanding work. My heart is broken. I want to return the focus to those who deserve attention for their achievements, and allow the Academy to return to the incredible work it does to support creativity.

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Smith added that he would “accept any consequences” of his actions. He stressed that he was “determined to do everything possible to never again allow violence to prevail over reason.”

The Council accepted Smith’s resignation, said Academy President David Rubin. At the same time, the management will continue its disciplinary investigation into the actor.

At the 94th Academy Awards, Smith slapped comedian Chris Rock. The conflict came after Rock, while on stage, joked about Will Smith’s wife and her hair, which she has to wear due to alopecia syndrome, which causes hair loss. Smith then took the stage and punched Rock in the face. He then returned to his seat and rudely asked Rock not to mention his wife’s name. The comedian, in turn, reacted with a joke.

Shortly afterwards, Smith received the first Oscar of his career for his role in the drama King Richard. During his speech, the actor apologized to the Academy and colleagues. The slapped Chris Rock refused to report Smith to the police.

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