The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences wrote in a letter to its members it was “upset and outraged” by Will Smith’s slapping of Chris Rock at Sunday’s Academy Awards, CNN reported on Wednesday, as the Academy mulls consequences for Smith’s conduct.
Academy President David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson in a letter obtained by CNN said they were “upset and outraged” by the incident and are evaluating “appropriate action” for Smith, which could take “a few weeks,” the letter said.
The Academy on Monday said it was launching a formal review to explore “further action and consequences” for Smith’s behavior in accordance with its laws and code of conduct.
The Academy’s Board of Governors is set to hold an annual post-Oscars meeting Wednesday and it will focus on Smith’s slap, CNN also reported.
The Academy earlier this week said it does not condone “violence of any form.”