As you likely know by now, the King Richard actor slapped Chris Rock across the face at the annual awards show after the comedian made a G.I. Jane joke about Jada Pinkett’s hair. The 50-year-old actress has previously opened up about having alopecia.
“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,” the Academy’s letter, which was signed by Academy CEO Dawn Hudson and President David Rubin, began.
It continued, “To be clear, we condemn Mr. Smith’s actions that transpired Sunday night.” The Academy added that the review process into what went down on Sunday “will take a few weeks.”
You can read the letter in full below.
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.
David Rubin, President
Dawn Hudson, CEO
It’s not the first time that the Academy has commented on the much-talked about moment. On Monday, March 28, the organization sent out a statement condemning Smith’s actions.
“The Academy condemns the actions of Mr. Smith … 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 statement read.
The Los Angeles Police Department also released a statement following the slapping incident, writing, “The individual involved has declined to file a police report. If the involved party desires a police report at a later date, LAPD will be available to complete an investigative report.”
A day after slapping Rock, Smith took to social media to apologize to the Tamborine comedian, as well as the Williams family and the Academy.
“I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris,” Smith wrote. “I was out of line and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness.”