Will Smith was reportedly asked to leave the Oscars after beating Chris Rock.
On Wednesday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that it has instituted disciplinary proceedings against Smith for his actions at Sunday’s Academy Awards.
“The Board of Governors today began disciplinary proceedings against Mr. Smith for violations of the Academy’s standards of conduct, including improper physical contact, abusive or threatening behavior and endangering the integrity of the Academy,” the organization behind the Oscars said in a statement.
The Academy also claims Smith was asked to leave the Dolby Theater after the incident, but refused.
“Things developed in a way that we could not have foreseen,” the academy said. “While we want to clarify that Mr. Smith was asked to leave the ceremony and refused, we also recognize that we could have handled the situation differently.”
There had previously been speculation that the Academy and producers were allowing Smith to stay until his Best Actor category was announced, a move they have been criticized for.
“Mr. Smith’s actions at the 94th Oscars were a deeply shocking, traumatic event to witness in person and on television. Mr. Rock, we apologize for what you experienced on our stage and we thank you for your resilience at this moment,” the statement continued. “We also apologize to our nominees, guests and viewers for what happened during a solemn event.”
Smith, who received a standing ovation after winning his first Oscar, later apologized directly to Rock in a post on Instagram. “I was out of line and I was wrong,” he wrote. “I’m embarrassed and my actions were no indication of the man I want to be. In a world of love and kindness there is no place for violence.”
Another board meeting is scheduled for April 18, at which the Academy may take “any disciplinary action, which may include suspension, expulsion, or other sanctions as permitted by the Constitution and the Standards of Conduct.”