The Academy has said that its probe into the ‘appropriate action’ for Will Smith will take a ‘few weeks’. Smith caused chaos at this year’s Oscars, having hit Chris Rock in the face after the comedian made a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s alopecia.
The King Richard has since apologised, calling his actions ‘unacceptable and inexcusable’ and admitting he was embarrassed. In a letter sent to its members, the Academy condemned Smith’s actions before stressing it is investigating the matter.
‘As outlined in our bylaws, the Academy’s Board of Governors will now make a determination on appropriate action for Mr. Smith,’ it read. ‘As governed by California law regarding members of nonprofit organisations like the Academy, and set forth in our Standards of Conduct, this must follow an official process that will take a few weeks.’
It continued: ‘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.’ Smith said in a statement that Rock’s joke about his wife’s medical condition had caused him to react ‘emotionally’, but ‘violence in all its forms is poisonous and destructive’.
He concluded his apology by saying: ‘I am a work in progress.’