Will Smith gets a 10-year ban from the Motion picture academy, events for slapping Chris Rock

Will Smith. Image Credit: Videograb

LOS ANGELES — Will Smith was banned by the motion picture academy on Friday from attending the Oscars or any other academy event for 10 years following his slap at Chris Rock at the Academy Awards.

The academy in a statement reportedly called Smith’s actions “unacceptable and harmful.”

Smith’s pre-emptive resigning from the academy last week during the run-up to the meeting was followed by his statement in which he said

“I accept and respect the Academy’s decision,” Smith said

The academy also apologized for its handling of the situation and allowing Smith to stay and accept his best actor award.

In a letter to members following a governors’ meeting Academy president David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson said, “ During our telecast, we did not adequately address the situation in the room. For this, 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.”

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