Will Smith leaves the Academy and says he will “take any consequences” after the slap

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    Will Smith leaves the Academy and says he will

    Will Smith resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences after a scandalous slap on the stage at the Oscars.

    In a statement issued Friday night (April 1st), he announced his decision to leave the organization and apologized for his “shocking, painful and unforgivable” actions at the ceremony on Monday (March 28th).

    The message said: “I responded directly to the Academy’s notice of the disciplinary hearing, and I fully accept any consequences for my behavior. My actions at the 94th Academy Awards were shocking, painful and unforgivable.”

    “The list of those I have offended is long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, everyone present, and the global audience at home. I have betrayed the trust of the Academy.”

    “I want to draw attention to those who deserve attention for their achievements, and allow the Academy to return to the incredible work it does to support creativity and artistry in cinema.”

    “Therefore, I leave the membership of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and accept any subsequent consequences that the Council deems necessary.”

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