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'My Actions Were Painful And Inexcusable' --Will Smith Resigns from Motion Picture Academy

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Strenuousblog has confirmed that Will Smith has resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences after hitting Chris Rock.

"We have received and accepted Mr. Will Smith's immediate resignation from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences," said Academy president David Rubin in a statement.

"We will continue to move forward with our disciplinary proceedings against Mr. Smith for violations of the Academy's Standards of Conduct, in advance of our next scheduled board meeting on April 18."

The following is what Will wrote to the Academy's disciplinary committee: "Any and all penalties for my actions will be completely accepted by me. My behavior at the 94th Academy Awards was shocking, unpleasant, and unforgivable."

According to Will, "The list of those I have hurt is long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, all those in attendance, and global audiences at home. 

"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.

"I want to put the focus back on those who deserve attention for their achievements and allow the Academy to get back to the incredible work it does to support creativity and artistry in film. 

"So, I am resigning from membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and will accept any further consequences the board deems appropriate."

"Change takes time, and I am determined to completing the work to guarantee that I never again allow violence to triumph over reason," he finishes.

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