Director Michael Bay has been accused of killing a pigeon on the set of Netflix 6 Under the ground in Italy in 2018.
Bay has denied the allegations and has reportedly tried several times to communicate with the Italian authorities to clear up the matter.
“I’m a well-known animal lover and big animal activist,” Bay shared TheWrap in a statement. “No animals involved in the production were hurt or harmed. Or on any other production I’ve worked on in the last 30 years.”
The director is confident he has enough evidence to exonerate the film’s production of these charges – evidence that includes witnesses and security officers.
“We have clear video evidence, a plethora of witnesses and security officers exonerating us from these allegations,” Bay said. “And disproves their one paparazzi photo – making for a false story.”
Finally, Bay said he was offered a chance to pay a small fine to fix the problem, but he refused to pay as he has no intention of pleading guilty.
“I was offered by the Italian authorities a chance to resolve this matter by paying a small fine, but I declined to do so because I would not plead guilty to harming an animal,” Bay explained.
Italy has a national law that prohibits harming or killing pigeons, as the country considers them a protected species. The lawsuit against Bay is currently ongoing, so further specific details are currently under wraps.