By Our Reporter
Actor Will Smith has been banned from the Oscars and all other Academy events for ten years after slapping comedian Chris Rock during this year’s ceremony.
The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Science, the organisation behind the awards, met on Friday to discuss disciplinary action against the star.
In a statement, the Academy said the Oscars had been “overshadowed by the unacceptable and harmful behaviour we saw Mr Smith exhibit on stage”.
Smith had already resigned from the Academy and has apologized for his actions, describing them as “unacceptable and inexcusable”.
In a statement following news of his ban, Smith said: “I accept and respect the Academy’s decision.”
During the 27 March ceremony, Rock made reference to the appearance of Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, who has a hair loss condition, likening her appearance to the 1997 film G.I. Jane in which actress Demi Moore shaved her head.
Smith, 53, then strode up to the stage and slapped Rock across the face.
It is not clear whether Rock knew of Pinkett Smith’s hair loss condition.
Just minutes later, Smith collected the best actor award for his role as the father of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams in movie King Richard.
In a statement posted to Instagram following the incident, the actor publicly apologized to you Rock, saying he was “out of line and wrong.”
“I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness,” he said.
“I would also like to apologize to the Academy, the producers of the show, all the attendees and everyone watching around the world. I would like to apologize to the Williams Family and my King Richard Family.”