The sudden announcement came late Friday afternoon, days after the Academy had condemned Mr. Smith’s actions and opened an inquiry into the incident.
“I have directly responded to the Academy’s disciplinary hearing notice, and I will fully accept any and all consequences for my conduct, Smith said
I deprived other nominees and winners of their opportunity to celebrate and be celebrated for their extraordinary work
He said that he would “accept any further consequences the board deems appropriate.”
“Change takes time,” he concluded, “and I am committed to doing the work to ensure that I never again allow violence to overtake reason.”
Now that he has resigned, Mr. Smith will no longer have access to academy screenings and events
However, he could still be nominated for an award, since being a member is not a requirement for eligibility.