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Michael Bay denies killing pigeons on ‘6 Underground’ set in Italy

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Michael Bay is fighting back against a widely viewed report that he was accused in Italy of killing a pigeon during the production of the 2019 Netflix film “6 Underground.”

The filmmaker called the report “false, reckless and defamatory” and said he had never been charged with killing an animal.

In a legal letter, received by diversityBay’s attorney is demanding a retraction or correction from TheWrap, after the Hollywood trade publication published a report on the pigeon incident last week.

The filmmaker’s attorney, Matthew Rosengart, said in TheWrap’s story that Bay has been accused or “accused” of “killing a pigeon” with the film he directed. “These statements are simply wrong; They are harmful,” Rosengart wrote.

TheWrap reports that the filmmaker faces charges in Italy related to the killing of a pigeon in the Netflix film Rome, despite numerous attempts to clear the case with Italian authorities. The report quoted a production insider who said that a homing pigeon was killed by a dolly during a take and Bay was blamed as the director. (Pigeons are a protected species in Italy, and the country has a national law that makes it illegal to harm, kill, or capture any wild bird.)

Bay told TheWrap that he wouldn’t get into specifics because the matter is an ongoing court case, but said he rejected the option of a small fine with Italian authorities, saying, “I’m not going to plead guilty to harming an animal.”

Bay has vehemently denied the claims. “I am a well-known animal lover and major animal activist,” Bey previously said in a statement to TheWrap. “No animals involved in the production were injured or harmed. Or any other production I’ve worked on in the last 30 years.”

Now, in a legal letter, Bay’s attorney writes that the filmmaker “has never been charged, much less ‘accused’ of ‘killing’ an animal.” Rosengart wrote that before publishing the story, TheWrap was made aware “video evidence refutes the allegations and demonstrates that at no time were any animals harmed, let alone ‘killed.'”

TheWrap could not be reached for comment because its media inquiries had a full mailbox at a phone number that is not currently accepting messages.

Bay’s attorney said Italy’s only “charge” “concerns whether, in his capacity as director of the film, Mr. Bay failed to properly supervise the crew members (whom he did not have the authority to hire) responsible for handling the animals on set.” Its attorney said the charges are being “vigorously defended.”

Read the legal letter from Michael Bay’s attorney Matthew Rosengart here:

I’m Michael Bay’s litigation counsel, and I write about you and this wrapped upIts false, reckless, and defamatory headlines and stories state that Michael Bay has been accused or “accused” of “killing a pigeon” with a film he directed. These statements are simply incorrect; They are also harmful.

As you know, Mr. Bay has never been charged, much less “accused” of “murdering” an animal. In fact, prior to publication, you were put on notice of the existence of video evidence refuting these allegations and demonstrating that at no time were any animals harmed, “killed”. Further, as you also know (but failed to disclose), Italy’s only “charge” concerns whether, in his capacity as director of the film, Mr. Bay failed to properly supervise crew members (which he did not even have). (hiring power) responsible for handling the animals in the set. This charge is being vigorously defended — and indeed, Mr. Bey feels so strongly that, to his credit, he refuses to settle the case with even the nominal fine which the authorities have offered to settle it.

What makes your story even more poignant is that you were clearly told and so are you I knew, that headline was false because Mr. Bay did not “kill” an animal and was not charged with such a thing. You have clearly failed to adequately investigate the matter by making actual charges or interviewing people or those who may provide information. Instead, you advanced your story with a false and misleading “clickbait” headline, displaying genuine malice and a reckless disregard for the truth.

Your story is particularly hurtful and malicious because, contrary to its implications, Michael Bay is an animal rights activist; Her track record shows she loves animals with a passion. As a result of your story, however, his name is now associated with “killing” or “killing” an animal. intention. So he is being unfairly insulted and attacked. Indeed, there are now countless articles and countless social media images linking Mr. Bae to the “assassination” or “murder,” which has spread around the world.

Your story is therefore extremely damaging to Mr. Bey personally and professionally (he has publicly discussed his love of animals and his desire to make a film about saving African elephants, another fact you already noticed but ignored) and his reputation. stigmatized by one who severely supports animals, financially and otherwise, causing him extreme suffering. All this you manifest and wrapped up For significant financial loss. See, e.g., Ringler Associates Inc. v. Maryland Cas. Co., 80 calorie app. 4th 1165, 1181 (2000); See also Milkovich v. Lorain Journal Co.497 US 1, 19 (1990); White v. Fraternal Order of Police909 F.2d 512, 518 (D.C. Cir. 1990). Kapelas v. Kaufman, 1 Ca1.3d 20, 33, 81 Cal.Rptr. 360 (1969) (defendant liable “for what is implied as well as for what is expressly stated”).

Given the above, and other facts and evidence, on behalf of Mr. Bey, we hereby demand the immediate retraction or correction of your story.

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