According to press reports, actor Will Smith has resigned his membership

from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences,

following his onstage outburst at the Oscars. Before accepting his Best Actor award

for his role in the film King Richard, he walked up onstage and slapped comedian Chris Rock,

who told a joke about Smith's wife's hair.
"I have directly responded to the Academy's disciplinary hearing notice,

and I will fully accept any and all consequences for my conduct," Smith wrote in a statement.

"My actions at the 94th Academy Awards presentation 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 those in attendance, and global audiences at home." The statement continues,"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.

Will Smith resigns