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When accused of murdering a pigeon in Italy for his film 6 Underground, Michael Bay insists there was “no animal involved.”

Italian officials have accused Michael Bay of killing a pigeon during a scene on the Rome set of the 2019 movie 6 Underground. The director has refuted the accusations, claiming that no animals were hurt or killed while the action movie was being made in 2018.

In connection with an incident that occurred on the sets of his 2019 Netflix feature 6 Underground, which stars Ryan Reynolds, Michael Bay has been charged with the murder of a pigeon in Italy. A homing pigeon was reportedly killed in 2018 in Rome during production, according to the Italian government. The American director has refuted the accusations levelled against him and stated that he has attempted to resolve the matter with the authorities over the years but to no avail.

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A homing pigeon was killed by a dolly during the event, which purportedly happened in Rome in the middle of a take. An unknown bystander who saw the collision snapped a photo and reported it to the Italian authorities. It is against the law in the nation to harm, kill, or capture any wild birds. Pigeons are thus a protected species both in Italy and in the EU, where they are protected by the Birds Directive.

The Wrap’s exclusive report claims that Michael denied the accusations made against him. I am a well-known animal lover and active animal activist, he claimed in a statement. No animals used in the production suffered any pain or injuries. Or any other project I’ve been a part of over the past 30 years.”

The director further disclosed that, at this time, he and his attorneys had attempted to resolve the situation with the authorities. He declined their offer to settle the matter and pay a minor charge because doing so would have compelled him to admit to harming an animal.

In July 2018, 6 Underground started filming in Rome, Florence, Siena, and Taranto. The team finished in December 2018. In the action movie, Ryan plays a billionaire who goes by the alias One and forms a vigilante squad with five other people who have pretended to die to fight the bad guys. Along with them, Corey Hawkins, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Dave Franco, Adria Arjona, Ben Hardy, Lior Raz, and Melanie Laurent starred in the Netflix film.

Ambulance, Michael’s most recent movie, was filmed and set in Los Angeles, California. Jake Gyllenhaal and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II played adopted brothers in the suspenseful heist film who hijack an ambulance after a robbery and hold the paramedics, Eiza González and Jackson White, hostage.

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When did Michael Bay kill a pigeon?

Italian officials have accused Michael Bay of killing a pigeon during a scene on the Rome set of the 2019 movie 6 Underground.

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