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Academy: Will Smith refused to leave the Oscars after a rock slap Entertainment

NEW YORK – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Wednesday that Will Smith was asked to attend the Oscars on Sunday after hitting Rock Rock, but declined to do so.

The academy’s board of directors met on Wednesday to initiate disciplinary proceedings against Smith for violating the group’s standards of conduct. The academy said disciplinary action for Smith could include dismissal, expulsion or other sanctions.

Many have focused on why Smith was allowed to stay in the front row at the Academy Awards after the incident. On Wednesday, the academy suggested it was trying to remove the actor from the audience.

“Things turned out in a way we could not have foreseen,” the academy said. “While we would like to clarify that Mr. Smith was asked to leave the ceremony and he refused, we also acknowledge that we could have handled the situation differently.”

A spokesman for the academy declined to give details of how she tried to remove Smith. After Smith hit Rocco in response to a joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, several stars, including Denzel Washington, Bradley Cooper and Tyler Perry, spoke to the 53-year-old Smith.

The academy said Smith has the opportunity to defend himself in a written response before the re-meeting of the board on April 18. Earlier, the film academy condemned Smith’s attack on rock on stage, but on Wednesday used harsher expressions.

“Mr. Smith’s actions at the 94th Academy Awards were a deeply shocking, traumatic event that could be witnessed in person and on television,” the academy said. “Mr. Rock, we apologize for what you have experienced on our stage, and thank you for your perseverance at this time. We also apologize to our nominees, guests and viewers for what happened during what was to be a festive event ”.

On Monday, Smith apologized to Rock, the academy and the audience, saying, “I was wrong and wrong.”

A spokesman for Smith did not immediately respond to reports Wednesday about the academy’s latest steps.

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