Academy Says Will Smith Inquiry “Will grasp a Few Weeks”

Academy Says Will Smith Inquiry “Will Take a Few Weeks”

The organization issued a statement late Tuesday.The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences on Tuesday evening issued a statement about the incident between Will Smith and Chris Rock at Sunday’s Oscars, noting that an inquiry “will take a few weeks.”
An investigation was initiated after the Academy’s officers convened for an emergency call about the King Richard actor, who stormed on stage and slapped Rock after the comedian made a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.

Read the full letter below.
Dear Members,
Sunday’s telecast of the 94th Oscars was meant to be a celebration of the many individuals in our community who did incredible work this past year. We are upset and outraged that those moments were overshadowed by the unacceptable and harmful behavior on stage by a nominee.
To be clear, we condemn Mr. Smith’s actions that transpired Sunday night.
As outlined in our bylaws, the Academy’s Board of Governors will now make a determination on appropriate action for Mr. Smith. As governed by California law regarding members of nonprofit organizations like the Academy, and set forth in our Standards of Conduct, this must follow an official process that will take a few weeks.
We will continue to update you on any developments, but we also ask that you respect your Board, Academy staff and the process as this unfolds so it can work in the considered way it was intended and mandated.
Please trust that the Board of Governors will conduct this process in a manner that is both expedient and respectful of all involved while maintaining the standards of the Academy.
Thank you,
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
David Rubin
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Dawn Hudson

More to come.


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