Michael Bay rips ‘Reckless and defamatory’ report on pigeon murder allegations


Filmmaker Michael Bay has labeled a story by TheWrap as “false, reckless and defamatory” after the publication reported that he was accused of killing a pigeon on the set of the 2019 Netflix movie “6 Underground,” according to Variety.

The comments come after TheWrap reported that he was charged in Italy in connection with the killing of a pigeon, a protected species in the country.

In a statement to the publication, Bay called himself a well-known animal lover and great animal activist.

“Not a single animal involved in the production was hurt or injured. Or on any other production I’ve been working on for the last 30 years,” he said in a statement.

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TheWrap cited an unnamed “insider” in its report claiming that a dolly killed a homing pigeon during a shoot in Rome, while another source said “the scene involved a large group of pigeons and a wind machine.”

The publication reported that Bay was accused “of failing to supervise the crew members responsible for handling the animals,” according to Fabrizio Sigma, an Italian lawyer.

Bay’s attorney, Mathew Rosengart, in a legal letter obtained by Variety, called TheWrap’s headline “false, reckless and defamatory” and criticized the reporting.

“As you know, Mr. Bay has never been accused, much less ‘charged’, of ‘killing’ an animal,” Rosengart wrote in the letter.

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He added that prior to the release of the report, TheWrap had been made aware of video evidence that “disproved” the animal cruelty allegations.

Filmmaker Michael Bay performs at the film’s premiere

Filmmaker Michael Bay performs at the premiere of the movie “Ambulance” in Paris in 2022. Bay’s attorney said in a letter obtained by Variety that the filmmaker was “never accused, let alone ‘accused’, of ‘killing’ ‘ of an animal.” in response to a report by TheWrap.

The letter continued: “The only ‘charge’ raised in Italy concerns whether Mr Bay, in his capacity as director of the film, failed to properly supervise crew members (whom he is not even able to was to hire) who are responsible for handling the film. animals on set. That charge is vigorously defended — and indeed, Mr. Bay feels so strongly that, to his credit, he refused to settle the case, not even for the nominal fine proposed by authorities to settle it.

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The letter also makes a demand for TheWrap: an “immediate retraction or correction” of the story.

The Bharat Express News attempted to contact TheWrap for comment on the letter, but a phone number associated with the publication had a full mailbox.