(CNN) — After slapping host Chris Rock onstage at last weekend’s Oscars, Will Smith announced in a statement Friday that he is resigning from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
On Wednesday, the Academy’s board of directors said it had initiated “disciplinary proceedings” against him.
The Academy claimed Smith’s actions were a “deeply impactful and traumatic event” that broke its standards of conduct and said disciplinary action could include suspension, expulsion or other sanctions.
“Things developed in a way that we could not have anticipated. While we would like to clarify that Mr. Smith was asked to leave the ceremony and declined, we also recognize that we could have handled the situation differently,” the Academy wrote at the time.