Academy Sets Earlier Meeting to Discuss “Sanctions” for Will Smith – The Hollywood Reporter

The Academy’s board of governors will meet this Friday instead of the previously scheduled April 18 meeting to discuss “potential sanctions” for Will Smith following his slap in the face of Chris Rock during the Oscars on March 27.

“The date of April 18 was set in accordance with California law and our Standards of Conduct because our agenda included Mr. Smith’s possible suspension or expulsion from membership,” the letter, signed by the Academy’s president, said. David Rubin. “We were required to notify Mr. Smith 15 days in advance of a board meeting at which such action might be taken, and also to give him an opportunity to provide the board with a written statement no less than five days in advance of that meeting. ”.

Following Smith’s resignation from the Academy on April 1, Rubin wrote that “suspension or expulsion is no longer a possibility and the legally prescribed time limit no longer applies. It is in the best interest of everyone involved that this is handled in a timely manner.”

The Academy investigation has continued following Smith’s resignation, which means he can no longer vote for the Oscars, but can still be nominated for Academy Awards, attend future ceremonies and keep the statuette he just received. win in the leading actor category for his role in king richard.

Variety he was the first to report that the board of governors meeting had been moved up.

Rock was presenting the best documentary film at the Oscars last month when he made a gi jane joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, having a shaved head (the actress has alopecia). Smith then went onstage, slapped Rock, and then returned to his seat, where he yelled at the comedian to keep his wife’s name out of her “fucking mouth.”

Later in the show, Smith tearfully apologized to the Academy and his fellow nominees while accepting his Oscar. But it wasn’t until Monday, in an Instagram post, that Smith apologized to Rock. Rock has remained mostly silent, telling the audience on his comedy show in Boston last week: “I’m still processing what happened. … So at some point I’ll talk about that shit. And it will be serious and fun.”

See Rubin’s full letter below.

Dear Fellow Governors,

I am calling a board meeting for this Friday morning, April 8, at 9:00 a.m. PST, in lieu of the previously scheduled meeting for April 18, to address potential sanctions for Will Smith. in response to his actions during the Oscars telecast on March 27.

The April 18 date was set in accordance with California law and our Rules of Conduct because our agenda included Mr. Smith’s possible suspension or removal from membership. We were required to notify Mr. Smith 15 days in advance of a board meeting at which such action might be taken, and we also gave him the opportunity to provide the board with a written statement no less than five days in advance of that meeting. .

Following Mr. Smith’s resignation of his membership in the Academy on Friday, April 1, suspension or expulsion is no longer a possibility and the legally prescribed timetable no longer applies.

It is in the best interest of all involved that this is handled in a timely manner.

Thank you for hosting the meeting on Friday morning at 9:00 am (Pacific time). Zoom details will follow soon.

David

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