Will Smith's slap already has consequences: they could expel him from the Academy, which is investigating the event

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 Will Smith 's slap in the face of  Chris  Rock could have consequences, after all. The historic moment we experienced at the 2022 Oscars impacted all attendees and viewers and, although initially it was decided to continue as if nothing had happened, after the hangover from the gala the process of reflection has begun. For starters, the Academy has already opened a formal investigation .


"We have officially begun a formal review of the incident and will explore further actions and consequences in accordance with our statutes, standards of conduct, and California law," the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Hollywood said in a statement. From the first moment, the organization has condemned what happened. "The Academy does not condone violence in any form," they wrote in a 'tweet' on the official account.


What's behind Will Smith's smack to Chris Rock: a long-running confrontation

The gala continued making a couple of jokes about what happened and nothing more, but, according to EW , they seriously considered asking Will Smith to leave. "Smith's departure was seriously discussed ," a source tells the outlet. After the slap there was a stir in the 'backstage' that nobody noticed. The members of the Academy had differences of opinion on what to do.


Basically, making a decision as important as that, which would have had consequences within the show anyway, in a span of 10 minutes and getting everyone together and having that discussion logistically was nightmarish and near impossible," EW's source notes.

Kicking the actor from The Williams Method is not a decision that can be made in 10 minutes, so the Academy has decided to talk about it more calmly after the initial heat. In its statutes it explicitly prohibits any "physical contact that is not invited and, in a situation, inappropriate and unwanted". Possible consequences range from expulsion, a public or private reprimand and revocation of the award. It is rumored that Will Smith will not lose his award, but it is possible that he will be suspended from the Academy.


What has been confirmed is that Chris Rock, in his condition of being attacked, will not press charges against his attacker. The joke that triggered it all was comparing the physique of Jada Pinkett Smith , who has been very open about her alopecia problems, with the shaved protagonist of Lieutenant O'Neil . As it has been known later, the comment was not in the rehearsals and was totally improvised by Chris Rock.


Will Smith's apology

Will Smith has also used the last 24 hours to reflect on what happened. 10 minutes after the slap, the actor went up to collect his Oscar for Best Actor for his work in The Williams Method . On stage he alluded to what happened: "In this business you have to be able to put up with people disrespecting you. You have to smile and pretend that's okay. (...) I want to apologize to the Academy and the others nominees. I'm not crying to win an award, it's about being able to give light to people. I see myself as the crazy father, as Richard Williams was called, but love makes you do crazy things. "


Yesterday, Smith posted an apology through his Instagram account. "Violence in all its forms is poisonous and destructive. My behavior on the last night of the Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable . Jokes about me are part of the job, but a joke about Jada's medical condition was too much for me." me and reacted emotionally. I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I crossed the line and it was wrong. I am ashamed and my actions are not indicative of the man I am. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness." says the interpreter.


"I would also like to apologize to the Academy, the producers of the show, everyone in attendance and everyone watching from all over the world. I would like to apologize to the Williams family and my family from The William s Method. I deeply regret that my behavior has tarnished what would otherwise have been a precious journey for all of us. I work to improve," Smith said.

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