Italian authorities charge Michael Bay for the death of a pigeon during filming 6 underground in 2018. The director denies it and has refused to pay a small monetary penalty because he does not intend to admit to harming the animal. Details of the case can be found below.
Michael Bay is a famous director and producer. He has worked, among others, on such productions as Fortress, Armageddonseveral films in the series Transformers and 13 hours: Secret mission in Benghazi.
Michael Bay blamed for pigeon death
As reported by The Wrap, an anonymous person present on the set at the time would photograph the entire event and provide the authorities with evidence incriminating the director. However, Michael Bay claims that no animals involved in the production were harmed and there are reliable video materials, testimonies of witnesses and security officers. In his opinion, there is only one photo against him, taken by the paparazzi, which creates a false narrative.
I am a known animal lover and activist. No animal involved in the production was injured or harmed. On this or any other set I’ve worked on in the last 30 years.
Exclusive: Filmmaker Michael Bay is facing charges in Italy related to the killing of a pigeon on the 2018 set of the Netflix blockbuster "6 Underground" https://t.co/tDiJ0bpaYL
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The birds are protected by Italian law. They cannot be harmed, caught or killed. Michael Bay could not reveal more details because the case is ongoing.