Will Smith gets 10-year Oscars ban

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The motion picture academy on Friday banned Will Smith from attending the Oscars  for 10 years following his slap of Chris Rock at the Academy Awards.

The move comes after a meeting of the academy’s board of governors to discuss a response to Smith’s actions.

Will Smith's behavior was unacceptable and harmful, the academy said in a statement.

Will Smith pre-emptively resigned from the academy last week during the run-up to the meeting.

“I accept and respect the academy’s decision,” Smith said in a statement.

The academy also apologised for its handling of the situation and allowing Smith to stay and accept his best actor award for King Richard.

The ban means Will Smith will not be presenting one of the major awards at next year’s Oscars, as is tradition for the best actor winner.