Michael Bay denies killing a pigeon

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The death of a pigeon during the shooting of the film 6 Underground is causing continued problems for director Michael Bay.

Director Michael Bay looks like he’s in a bit of hot water with Italian authorities, related to the shoot of Netflix blockbuster 6 Underground. The globe-trotting movie arrived in Italy for filming in 2018, and in the midst of the shoot there, a homing pigeon reportedly met its maker.

Let’s call the pigeon Speckled Jim for a minute. Under Italian law, pigeons are a protected species, and it was during the filming of a moment for the film in Rome that Speckled Jim perished. He was reportedly killed by a dolly during a take for the film, and the moment happened to be captured by a passer-by. They sent their footage to authorities of the moment, and the case has bubbled along since.

Now we’re at the point where charges are being considered, and Bay is adamant he’s done no wrong. In a statement to The Wrap, he said that “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”.

The Wrap also reports that Bay’s team has been trying to sort the case out over the past year, but it still seems to be ongoing. In the midst of it all, Speckled Jim is no longer with us, and seems the real victim in all of this.

The case continues.

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