Will Smith resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Friday, nearly a week after slapping comedian Chris Rock at the Oscars.
Smith, who won best actor for “King Richard” after the shocking assault on stage, faced disciplinary action and possible expulsion from the academy.
“I betrayed the trust of the Academy,” Smith wrote in his statement. “I deprived other nominees and winners of the opportunity to celebrate and be celebrated for their extraordinary work. I’m heartbroken.”
The actor said he is prepared to accept any consequence that the organization deems appropriate.
Academy President David Rubin said Friday that the group had accepted the resignation and planned to move forward with its disciplinary proceedings.
Smith’s resignation was reported Friday by Variety.
Smith loses voting privileges with his resignation from the invitation-only organization.
“My actions at the 94th Academy Awards presentation were shocking, painful and inexcusable,” Smith said. “The list of people I’ve hurt is long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, everyone in attendance and global audiences at home.”
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