Will Smith ‘Refused’ to Leave Oscars When Asked: Academy

Will Smith would not leave Sunday night from the Oscars after the infamous Chris Rock slap, according to the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

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The academy released a statement Wednesday.

“Things unfolded in a way we could not have anticipated,” it said. “While we would like to clarify that Mr. [Will] Smith was asked to leave the ceremony and refused, we also recognize we could have handled the situation differently.”

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Not only did Smith refuse to leave after the incident, the “King Richard” star was awarded Best Actor, gave a speech, and attended an afterparty.

The Los Angeles Police Department said Rock declined to press charges after Smith responded with violence and vulgarity when Rock made a “G.I. Jane 2” joke about Jada Pinkett Smith.

Smith put out an apology Tuesday, but the backlash has not let up.

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His apology came after the film academy announced it was launching a formal review into his behavior “and will explore further action and consequences in accordance with our bylaws, standards of conduct and California law.”