A spokesperson for the Academy Awards confirmed that they have “officially started a formal review” of the disturbing display of violence on stage.
Actor Will Smith has been widely condemned after he assaulted comedian Chris Rock over a joke. The Academy says that “consequences” are on the table.
“The Academy condemns the actions of Mr. Smith at last night’s show,” the spokesperson said. “We have officially started a formal review around the incident and will explore further action and consequences in accordance with our Bylaws, Standards of Conduct and California law.”
The Academy does not condone violence of any form.
Tonight we are delighted to celebrate our 94th Academy Awards winners, who deserve this moment of recognition from their peers and movie lovers around the world.
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Smith went on to win his first Oscar for Best Actor for his leading role in “King Richard,” but this was overshadowed by his act of violence.
Chris Rock has declined to press charges and police confirmed that they are not investigating the incident. “If the party desires a police report at a later date, LAPD will be available to complete an investigative report,” the LA police department said in a statement.
Smith was sent over the edge over a joke about his wife’s hair loss condition. “I can’t wait to see you in ‘G.I. Jane 2,’” Rock said, which drew an eye-roll from Pinkett Smith.
Apparently Smith found this joke to be so scary and mean that he proceeded to walk on stage and slap Rock in the face. Watch the clip:
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After returning to his seat, Smith is heard yelling, “Keep my wife’s name out your f****** mouth!”
“Wow, Will Smith just smacked the s**t out of me.” Rock explained, “It just a ‘G.I. Jane’ joke.”
Again, Smith screamed, “Keep my wife’s name out of your f***ing mouth.”
“I will,” Rock answered before presenting the Best Documentary Feature to Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson’s “Summer of Soul.”
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