The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Friday that Will Smith will be banned from attending its events for 10 years after the actor slapped Chris Rock onstage at the 94th Academy Awards.
It comes a week after Smith resigned from the academy and issued a public apology, in which he said he would “fully accept all consequences of my conduct”.
But the ‘Fresh Prince’ star isn’t the first to be sanctioned by the governing body. In its 94-year history, at least five people have been expelled from the academy.
In October 2017, the academy’s board voted to strip the former film producer and Hollywood executive of his membership after dozens of women came forward with allegations of sexual assault and harassment against Weinstein. for several decades.
Weinstein, whose films have won 81 Oscars, was only the second person to be ousted from the body. The 70-year-old is currently serving a 23-year prison sentence after being found guilty of rape and sexual assault by New York prosecutors.
In January 2020, Los Angeles prosecutors filed separate sexual assault charges stemming from multiple alleged incidents in 2010 and 2013. Weinstein was extradited to California to face those charges in July 2021 and pleaded not guilty.
The Franco-Polish director was also expelled from the academy in May 2018 under growing pressure from the #MeToo movement following his rape conviction more than 40 years ago.
In 1977, Polanski was arrested and charged in Los Angeles with six offenses against a 13-year-old girl. Polanski, who was 44 at the time, pleaded guilty to unlawful sex with a minor but fled to France in 1978 before he could be convicted.
Polanski remains a wanted man by US authorities and hasn’t set foot on US soil since 1978. When Polanski won the Best Picture and Best Director Oscars in 2003 for ‘The Pianist’, he didn’t attended the ceremony and the academy accepted his award. in his name.
After his expulsion, Polanski sued the academy and argued that he was denied due process, but lost the case in August 2020. When Polanski’s wife, French actress Emmanuelle Seigner, was invited to join the academy in July 2018, she publicly declined the invitation.
The actor and comedian was also expelled from the academy alongside Polanski in May 2018, following his conviction for sexual assault the previous month.
At least sixty women have come forward with sexual assault allegations against Cosby dating back to the 1960s. Cosby’s conviction was linked to allegations made by a Toronto woman, Andrea Constand, who alleged that Cosby drugged and raped her in 2004.
But in June 2021, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned Cosby’s conviction after ruling that the prosecutor was still tied to a non-prosecution agreement with Cosby made in 2005. Prosecutors have attempted to appeal the decision to the United States Supreme Court, but the Supreme Court in March 2022 declined to hear the case.
Kimmel had served as cinematographer for hit movies like “Capote” and “Never Let Me Go.” But in March 2021, the academy removed him from his post after an investigation by Variety magazine discovered that he had been a registered sex offender.
According to Variety, Kimmel pleaded guilty in 2004 to third-degree rape after being accused of having sex with an underage girl when he was 43. He was also arrested and charged with sexual assault for the second time in 2010, as well as failing to register as a sex offender in Connecticut, despite only being convicted of the latter charge.
The late actor, best known for his roles in ‘The Godfather’ film series, was the first member of the academy to be expelled and remains the only one to be expelled for reasons unrelated to sexual assault.
In February 2004, Caridi was kicked out of the corps after movie screens sent to him began circulating on the internet. The actor admitted that he shared screens with friends and family members who weren’t members of the academy.
Sony and Time Warner sued Caridi, accusing the actor of copyright infringement. A US judge ruled in favor of the studios and ordered the actor to pay US$300,000 in penalties to both studios.