US actor Will Smith has resigned from the Oscars Academy after slapping comedian Chris Rock on stage during last Sunday’s ceremony.

“I am resigning from membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences,” he said in a statement.

Smith said he was “heartbroken” and would “accept any further consequences the Board deems appropriate”.

“My actions at the 94th Academy Awards presentation were shocking, painful, and inexcusable,” he said.

“The list of those I have hurt is long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, all those in attendance, and global audiences at home.”

He went on: “I betrayed the trust of the Academy. I deprived other nominees and winners of their opportunity to celebrate and be celebrated for their extraordinary work. I am heartbroken.”

 

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