Will Smith Resigns From Academy After Slapping Chris Rock At The Oscars
A remorseful Will Smith, who won the Oscar for Best Actor at the 94th Academy Awards, has resigned from The Academy after slapping fellow actor and comedian Chris Rock during The Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars.
Will Smith’s resignation means that he can no longer vote for the Oscars – but he can still be nominated for The Academy Awards, attend future ceremonies and keep the statue that he won. However, even after Will Smith’s resignation, The Academy has stated that a formal review will continue, which means that Will Smith could be losing a lot more privileges and maybe his Oscar.
On Sunday, Chris Rock presented the best documentary feature category at the Oscars when he made a G.I. Jane joke about Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith’s wife. The comedian joked about Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head. However, it is unclear if Chris Rock knew about Pinkett’s underlying medical condition (alopecia), which is why her head is shaved.
The slap heard worldwide has opened up Will Smith and The Academy to many potential legal problems. First, will Smith could be facing assault and battery criminal charges. The slap caught the attention of the Los Angeles Police Department, who would have jurisdiction over the matter since the Oscars were held in the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, California. The LAPD was “prepared” to arrest Will Smith on battery charges, according to sources. Although Chris Rock has declined to press charges at this time, Chris Rock has the right to file a police report and ask to press charges. After all, the whole world was a witness to that live event. Will Smith could also be sued civilly for assault and battery. The Academy may have opened itself up to liability, where Chris Rock could argue that The Academy did not do enough to protect its acts on stage, and he suffered both physical and psychological damage due to The Academy’s negligence.
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