The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has launched a formal investigation into Will Smith’s actions at the Oscars after the best actor winner slapped Chris Rock in the face during Sunday’s ceremony.
During the ceremony, Smith walked on stage and slapped Rock in the face following a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head. Smith then returned to his seat before telling Rock to “keep my wife’s name out your f**ing mouth.”
Later that evening, Smith won the best actor award for his performance in “King Richard,” as Richard Williams, father of tennis greats Venus and Serena Williams, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Smith issued an apology to the Academy and fellow nominees during his acceptance speech but did not mention Rock, according to WSJ.