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After slapping presenter Chris Rock on stage finally weekend’s Academy Awards, Will Smith introduced in an announcement Friday that he has resigned from the Academy of Movement Photos Arts & Sciences.

“I’m resigning from membership within the Academy of Movement Image Arts and Sciences, and can settle for any additional penalties the Board deems applicable,” Smith stated in an announcement shared with CNN by his publicist.

Smith’s assertion concluded, “Change takes time and I’m dedicated to doing the work to make sure that I by no means once more enable violence to overhaul purpose.”

After the embarrassing episode at Sunday night time’s Oscars, The Academy announced on Wednesday that it had “initiated disciplinary proceedings” towards Smith.

David Rubin, President, Academy of Movement Image Arts and Sciences, stated in an announcement Friday that the group has acquired and accepted Smith’s “fast resignation.”

“We are going to proceed to maneuver ahead with our disciplinary proceedings towards Mr. Smith for violations of the Academy’s Requirements of Conduct, prematurely of our subsequent scheduled board assembly on April 18,” Rubin added.

Disciplinary actions by the Academy embrace suspension or expulsion, together with “different sanctions permitted by the Bylaws and Requirements of Conduct,” the group stated.

As a substitute, Smith has willingly left the acclaimed group of film stars, administrators and producers. By resigning, Smith will not have the ability to vote on Oscar-nominated motion pictures and performances every year. His work, nonetheless, will nonetheless be eligible for future Oscars consideration and nominations.

His assertion learn in full:

“I’ve straight responded to the Academy’s disciplinary listening to discover, and I’ll totally settle for any and all penalties for my conduct. My actions on the 94th Academy Awards presentation have been surprising, painful, and inexcusable. The record of these I’ve harm is lengthy and contains Chris, his household, lots of my pricey mates and family members, all these in attendance, and world audiences at house. I betrayed the belief of the Academy. I disadvantaged different nominees and winners of their alternative to rejoice and be celebrated for his or her extraordinary work. I’m heartbroken. I need to put the main target again on those that deserve consideration for his or her achievements and permit the Academy to get again to the unbelievable work it does to assist creativity and artistry in movie. So, I’m resigning from membership within the Academy of Movement Image Arts and Sciences, and can settle for any additional penalties the Board deems applicable. Change takes time and I’m dedicated to doing the work to make sure that I by no means once more enable violence to overhaul purpose.”

Friday’s assertion was by far Smith’s most contrite tackle the matter.

He initially apologized to the Academy throughout his televised acceptance speech for greatest actor, about forty minutes after the slap. However in that speech, he didn’t apologize to Rock.

Smith publicly apologized to Rock the subsequent day through social media.

However he was way more important of himself on Friday, calling his actions “surprising, painful, and inexcusable.”