Mar 28, 2022 - Economy & Business

Academy launches "formal review" into Will Smith slap

Will Smith slaps Chris Rock onstage during the show at the 94th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood on Sunday, March 27
Will Smith slaps Chris Rock onstage during the show at the 94th Academy Awards. Photo: Myung Chun/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences said in a statement Monday that it "condemns the actions" of actor Will Smith, who struck Chris Rock during Sunday's Oscars telecast, according to reports.

What they're saying: "We have officially started a formal review around the incident and will explore further action and consequences in accordance with our bylaws, standards of conduct and California law," the statement said, per AP.

  • The Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement early Monday it was aware of the incident. "The individual involved has declined to file a police report," the LAPD said, in an apparent reference to Rock.
  • The Academy had tweeted earlier Monday that it "does not condone violence of any form," though it did not name Smith in its statement.

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