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Will Smith resigns from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Will Smith has reportedly resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences following his actions at this year’s Oscars.

The actor said in a statement shared with US media that he was “heartbroken” by the decision and would accept any consequences that would result from his scheduled disciplinary hearing.

Smith, 53, won Best Actor for King Richard but stormed onto the stage before his win after responding to a joke by Chris Rock that referred to his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head.

The news comes ahead of a formal review on April 18, when the academy’s board of directors will meet to discuss what disciplinary action will be taken.

“I responded directly to the Academy’s disciplinary hearing and will fully accept any consequences for my conduct,” his statement said.

“My actions at the 94th Academy Awards were shocking, painful and inexcusable.

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

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The actor said he was “heartbroken” by the decision and said he will accept all the consequences in a statement shared with US media (Chris Pizzello/AP).

“I deprived other nominees and winners of the opportunity to celebrate and be celebrated for their extraordinary work. My heart is broken.

“I want to bring the focus back to those who deserve recognition for their accomplishments and allow the Academy to go back to the incredible work they do to support creativity and artistry in film.

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“As such, I resign my membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and will accept any further consequences that the board deems appropriate.”

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