Billy Crystal Thinks Will Smith’s Oscar Slap Was “Assault”

Billy Crystal thinks Will Smith’s slap at the Oscars was ‘assault’.

Billy Crystal weighs in on the Oscars

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Billy Crystal weighs in on the Oscars

The 74-year-old actor called the incident the 94th Academy Awards, which saw actor Will punch comedian Chris Rock after he made a joke about the shaved head of Will’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, the same night he collected his best actor statuette for his role in “King Richard”, as “disturbing” and an “aggression”.

He said: “It was a most disturbing incident, for sure. It was an assault. I had experiences. I hosted the GRAMMYs three times and had things thrown at me.”

The ‘City Slickers’ star – who hosted the annual Oscars nine times during his career – went on to explain that when he was in charge of the Oscars, he always thought there should be a procedure in place should such an incident occur.

Speaking on ‘Back on the Record’, he added: “In [Oscars] pre-production, the amazing Gill Cates, we were going through — he was the producer on six of the nine that I did — we were going through the recap and I was like, ‘Maybe I should be there because something could get there. If that person wins, I should follow that.”

Since the incident – which is to be reviewed by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at a disciplinary meeting on Friday (08.04.22) – the ‘Focus’ star has apologized for his actions and formally resigned organisation.

He said in a statement: “I have responded directly to the Academy’s Notice of Disciplinary Hearing and will fully accept all consequences of my conduct. My actions at the 94th Academy Awards were shocking,

painful and inexcusable. The list of those I have hurt is long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, all in attendance and a global audience back home. I betrayed the trust of the academy. I deprived the other nominees and winners of their opportunity to celebrate and be celebrated for their extraordinary work. My heart is broken.

“Therefore, I resign from membership in the Academy of Motion Pictures

Arts and Sciences, and will accept any other consequences that the council

deems appropriate.”

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