The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has expedited Will Smith‘s disciplinary hearing. The 53-year-old actor – who recently resigned from the academy after smacking Chris Rock at the Oscars – will now face a hearing on Friday, rather than on April 18, as was originally planned.
In a memo sent by academy president David Rubin – which has been obtained by People – it’s been confirmed that the process has been brought forward in light of Will’s resignation.
The president also acknowledged that “suspension or expulsion are no longer a possibility and the legally prescribed timetable no longer applies” under California law and the academy’s own Standards of Conduct.
David added: “It is in the best interest of all involved for this to be handled in a timely fashion
The academy announced plans to launch a formal review into Will’s behaviour shortly after the Oscars.
The statement read: “We have officially started a formal review around the incident and will explore further action and consequences in accordance with our Bylaws, Standards of Conduct and California law.”
However, Will – who won the Best Actor gong for his starring role in “King Richard” – subsequently resigned from the academy.
He said in a statement: “I have directly responded to the academy’s disciplinary hearing notice, and I will fully accept any and all consequences for my conduct. My actions at the 94th Academy Awards presentation were shocking, painful, and inexcusable.
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