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Will Smith gets 10-year Oscars ban over Chris Rock slap

Following his slap at Chris Rock at the Academy Awards, Will Smith was on Friday barred from attending the Oscars or any other academy event for 10 years.

The decision follows a meeting of the academy’s Board of Governors to determine how to respond to Smith’s behaviour.

“The 94th Academy Awards were supposed to be a celebration of the many individuals in our community who accomplished amazing work this year. Nevertheless, those moments were overshadowed by the unacceptable and damaging behaviour we saw Mr Smith demonstrate on stage,” the academy stated in a statement.

The statement from the Academy did not address whether Smith could be nominated for an Oscar during his 10-year ban. It also took no steps to revoke Smith’s Academy Award.

“I accept and respect the Academy’s decision,” Smith said in response, who had pre-emptively resigned from the academy last week during the run-up to the meeting, calling his actions “shocking, painful, and inexcusable.”

The academy also apologised for how it handled the incident, allowing Smith to stay and accept his prize for best actor for “King Richard.”

Smith returned to the stage less than an hour later to accept his Oscar, apologizing tearfully to the Academy but avoiding any mention of Rock. He compared himself to Richard Williams, the character he played in “King Richard,” who he described as “a ferocious defender of his family.”

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences claimed in a statement released after the Oscars that Smith was asked to leave the ceremony but refused.

However, it is unclear how or in what form the message was communicated to Smith, and some media reported that he was never formally asked to leave the Dolby Theatre.

The academy has not withdrawn the Oscars awarded to ousted members Harvey Weinstein and Roman Polanski.