British film director Michael Bay has been charged with the death of a pigeon while filming in Italy.
The 57-year-old vehemently denies the allegations, claiming that the bird’s death never occurred under his supervision. The incident, which is said to have taken place during the filming of the Netflix film 6 Underground in 2018, is being investigated by Italian officials.
Those connected to the production claim that all the pigeons used in the film were safely returned to their homes during filming. Michael, an animal rights activist, has reportedly refused to pay a fine to settle the case, as he insists that he is innocent of any wrongdoing.
In a statement to TheWrap, he said, “I am a well-known animal lover and major animal activist. No animal involved in the production was injured or harmed, or on any other production I’ve worked on in the past 30 years.”