Will Smith has formally resigned from Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The shamed 53-year-old actor that assaulted Chris Rock during his guest appearance at the Oscars last weekend officially resigned in response to a public outcry that he be removed from any future nomination opportunities. A decision by the Academy as to any consequences for Smith‘s actions is to be made on April 18.
Smith wrote in a letter to the Academy‘s disciplinary committee saying, “I will fully accept any and all consequences for my conduct. My actions at the 94th Academy Awards presentation were shocking, painful, and inexcusable.
The list of those I have hurt is long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, all those in attendance, and global audiences at home. I betrayed the trust of the Academy. I deprived other nominees and winners of their opportunity to celebrate and be celebrated for their extraordinary work. I am heartbroken.
I want to put the focus back on those who deserve attention for their achievements and allow the Academy to get back to the incredible work it does to support creativity and artistry in film. So, I am resigning from membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and will accept any further consequences the board deems appropriate.
Change takes time and I am committed to doing the work to ensure that I never again allow violence to overtake reason.”