Will Smith Resigns From Film Academy Saying He ‘Betrayed the Trust’

Actor Will Smith has resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences following widespread backlash after he assaulted Chris Rock during last week’s Oscars.

A spokesperson for Smith issued the statement two days after the Academy initiated disciplinary proceedings against Smith for violations of the group’s code of conduct.

“I will fully accept any and all consequences for my conduct. My actions at the 94th Academy Awards presentation were shocking, painful, and inexcusable,” Smith said in the statement.