The Academy’s investigation of Will Smith’s altercation with comedian Chris Rock during this year’s Oscars will take a few weeks, according to a new letter.
In a letter sent to members of the Academy shared by The Hollywood Reporter, Smith’s actions were condemned and the Academy released an update on the procedures that will be followed before any punishment is administered.
“Sunday’s telecast of the 94th Oscars was meant to be a celebration of the many individuals in our community who did incredible work this past year. We are upset and outraged that those moments were overshadowed by the unacceptable and harmful behavior on stage by a nominee.
To be clear, we condemn Mr. Smith’s actions that transpired Sunday night.
As outlined in our bylaws, the Academy’s Board of Governors will now make a determination on appropriate action for Mr. Smith. As governed by California law regarding members of nonprofit organizations like the Academy, and set forth in our Standards of Conduct, this must follow an official process that will take a few weeks.”
The letter concluded that the Academy intends to keep members appraised as the process advances, but they appeal for patience while it proceeds as intended. The Academy also requested members’ confidence in their investigation proceeding in a timely and sensitive manner.
By now, the event has overshadowed any other news from the ceremony, but it isn’t over yet. Smith has apologized to the Academy twice, while Rock has not publicly responded yet. It was reported that Rock declined to pursue charges against Smith.
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