Actor Will Smith has resigned from the body that awards the Oscars on Friday, five days after he assaulted comedian Chris Rock during a live global broadcast. The actor said his actions, which overshadowed Hollywood’s glitziest night of the year , were” shocking, painful and inexcusable ” ” The list of those I have hurt is long and includes Chris , his family , many of my dear friends , all those in attendance and global audience at home. Chris said
I betrayed the trust of the Academy. I deprived other nominees and winners of their opportunity to celebrate and be celebrated for their extraordinary work . I am heartbroken”.
There have been conflicting reports in recent days over whether Smith was asked to leave the ceremony, with the Academy of Motion picture Arts and science saying he refused to go. The group said this week it’s going to start disciplinary action against Smith.