Could Will Smith lose his Oscar because of Chris Rock’s slap?
Will Smith may be asked to return his Best Actor gong after his live-on-stage assault on Chris Rock, industry insiders have told the Post.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which presented awards Sunday at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, has strict guidelines in its code of conduct.
A senior Hollywood source told the Post after the incident, “It’s basically an assault. Everyone in the room was so shocked, it was so uncomfortable.
“I think Will wouldn’t want to return his Oscar, but who knows what’s going to happen now.”
Smith was seen laughing and posing with photos after his win, as industry bigwigs like Judd Apatow banged.
‘Knocked Up’ director Apatow was highly critical of Smith in a now-deleted tweet“He could have killed him. It’s pure rage and out-of-control violence. They’ve heard a million jokes about them over the past three decades. They are not freshmen in the world of Hollywood and comedy. He lost his mind. »
TV comic Fortune Feimster tweeted: “Someone in the audience charged the stage on Friday night during my opening set and tried to throw the speaker, started kicking people trying to stop him and knocked over a police officer. safety. It’s a scary time. So, no, I don’t find it fun to get hit on stage.
The Post has contacted the Academy for comment.
But its code of conduct, released in 2017 in the wake of the sexual misconduct scandal that hit the industry, stresses the importance of “upholding the values of the Academy”, such as inclusion, promotion of enabling environments and “respect for human dignity”.
At the time, AMPAS CEO Dawn Hudson wrote to members, “Membership of the Academy is a privilege offered to a select few within the global filmmaking community,” Variety reported.
“In addition to achieving excellence in the arts and cinematic sciences, members are also expected to conduct themselves ethically upholding the Academy’s values of respect for human dignity, inclusion and a supportive environment that fosters creativity.”
She added: “There is no place in the Academy for people who abuse their status, power or influence in a way that violates recognized standards of decency. The Academy categorically opposes any form of abuse, harassment or discrimination based on gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, disability, age, religion or nationality. The Board of Governors believes that these standards are essential to the mission of the Academy and reflect our values. »
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In terms of law, Smith could be in the clear. The Los Angeles Police Department told the Post in a statement that it was aware of the incident.
“LAPD investigative entities are aware of an incident between two people during the Oscars program,” a representative said. “The incident involved an individual slapping another. The individual involved declined to file a complaint with the police. If the party involved wants a police report at a later date, the LAPD will be available to file a police report. ‘investigation.