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Will Smith, Facing Discipline Over Slap, Quits Film Academy

Will Smith accepts the Actor in a Leading Role award for ‘King Richard’ on March 27.

Will Smith accepts the Actor in a Leading Role award for ‘King Richard’ on March 27.

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Will Smith resigned from the group that runs the Oscars after the organization said it had begun a disciplinary hearing against the actor for slapping presenter Chris Rock at the March 27 ceremony.

Smith said he has responded to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences regarding its upcoming hearing and would “fully accept any and all consequences from my conduct,” according to a statement released Friday.