Michael Bay accused of killing a pigeon while filming a hit movie

Director Michael Bay is reportedly accused in Italy of killing a pigeon while filming the 2019 Netflix hit 6 Underground. On Thursday, a new report from The cover outlined the legal predicament, which stems from allegations that a homing pigeon was killed by a dolly during a shoot while the film was in production in Rome in 2018. Pigeons are considered a protected species in Italy and the European Union, with the former a national law that makes it illegal to harm, kill or capture wild birds. As a result, after an unnamed person who happened to be on set allegedly took a photo and reported the incident to local authorities, a lawsuit was opened.

Bay and his legal team have reportedly tried three times in the past year to get the case out of court, but have been unsuccessful. The director denies the allegations the cover’s report, saying he is “confident we will prevail when I have my day in court”.

“I am a known animal lover and a big animal activist,” Bay said in a statement to the outlet. “Not a single animal involved in the production was hurt or injured. Or any other production I’ve worked on
over the past 30 years.”

“We have clear video evidence,” Bay continued, “a large number of witnesses and security agents clearing us of these claims. And rebutting their only paparazzi photo – giving a false narrative.”

“I was given the chance by the Italian authorities to resolve this matter by paying a small fine, but I refused to do so because I would not plead guilty to having an animal,” Bay added.

What’s 6 Underground as regards?

Released in 2019, 6 Underground follows six individuals from around the world, each the very best at what they do, who were chosen not only for their skills, but also for a unique desire to erase their past to change the future. The film stars Ryan Reynolds, Melanie Laurent, Corey Hawkins, Adria Arjona, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Ben Hardy, Lior Raz, Payman Maadi, Yuri Kolokolnikov, Kim Kold and Dave Franco. A sequel was originally greenlit, but was ultimately canceled due to the poor critical response the first film received.

“We didn’t feel like we were there [6 Underground] creative,” said Netflix movie chief Scott Stuber in 2021. “It was a nice hit, but at the end of the day, we didn’t feel like we hit the mark of coming back again. There just wasn’t such a deep love for those characters or that world.”

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