Will Smith accepted the decision of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which prohibited him from attending all events organized by the Academy, including the Oscarfor 10 years.
“I accept and respect the Academy’s decision,” the actor said in a statement.
The restriction does not prevent him from being nominated for the award in this period, nor does it take away the statuette he won for best actor in 2022, according to what was released by the The Hollywood Reporter.
Below you can see, in full, the letter released by the president of the Academy, David Rubin, regarding the controversial decision:
“The 94th Academy Awards was supposed to be a celebration of the many individuals in our community who have done an amazing job in the past year; however, those moments were overshadowed by the unacceptable and harmful behavior we saw Mr. Smith display on stage.
During our broadcast, we did not adequately address the situation in the room. Therefore, we are sorry. This was an opportunity for us to set an example for our guests, viewers and our Academy family around the world, and we fell short – unprepared for the unprecedented event.
Today, the Board of Directors convened a meeting to discuss how best to respond to Will Smith’s actions at the Oscars, as well as accepting his resignation. The Board decided, for a period of 10 years from 8 April 2022, that Mr. Smith may not participate in any Academy event or program, in person or virtually, including but not limited to the Oscars.
We want to express our deep gratitude to Mr. Rock for maintaining his composure in extraordinary circumstances. We also want to thank our hosts, nominees, presenters and winners for their poise and grace during our broadcast.
This action we are taking today in response to Will Smith’s behavior is a step towards a greater goal of protecting the safety of our artists and guests and restoring trust in the Academy. We also hope this can start a time of healing and restoration for everyone involved and impacted.”
Recalling that the Academy of the Oscars brought forward the meeting of its directors to this Friday to define sanctions against Will Smith for having slapped Chris Rock during the award. The meeting was initially scheduled for April 18.