Hollywood Hits “Rock” Bottom–
As Cassandra Fairbanks reported earlier — Will Smith rushed the Oscar stage and smacked comedian Chris Rock in the face for making a joke about his wife’s hair.
Smith then went back and sat down and screamed profanities at Rock on the stage.
Here’s the video again.
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This was an assault caught on national TV.
The Academy of Motion Pictures announced Wednesday they will take appropriate action against Will Smith for assaulting this year’s host Chris Rock on stage during the ceremony and then screaming f-bombs at Rock from his seat in the front row. Such a class act.
Later today the Academy announced that they asked Will Smith to leave the awards show but he refused.
The BBC reported:
Will Smith was asked to leave the Oscars ceremony after hitting Chris Rock but refused, the Academy says.
The body also says it has initiated “disciplinary proceedings” against Smith.
Smith slapped Rock after the comic made a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head, a result of the hair-loss condition alopecia.
The actor – who won the first Oscar of his career at the ceremony – has since apologised.
In its statement, the Academy said: “Mr Smith was asked to leave the ceremony and refused, [but] we also recognize we could have handled the situation differently.”
It also announced it had “initiated disciplinary proceedings against Mr Smith for violations of the Academy’s Standards of Conduct”.