The filmmaker called the report “false, reckless and defamatory” and says he was never accused of killing an animal.
In a legal letter, obtained by varietyBay’s lawyer demands a retraction or correction from TheWrap, after the Hollywood trade publication published a report last week about the pigeon incident.
The filmmaker’s attorney, Mathew Rosengart, says TheWrap’s story claims Bay has been accused or “accused” of “killing a pigeon” in connection with the film he directed. “Those statements are simply wrong; they are also harmful,” writes Rosengart.
TheWrap reported that the filmmaker was facing charges in Italy related to the murder of a pigeon on the Rome set of the Netflix film, despite making several attempts to clear the case with Italian authorities. The report quoted a member of the production as saying that a homing pigeon was allegedly killed by a wheelbarrow during a take, and because Bay was the director, he was held responsible. (Pigeons are a protected species in Italy, and the country has a national law that makes it illegal to harm, kill, or capture any wild bird.)
Bay told TheWrap he wouldn’t go into detail as the matter is an ongoing court case, but said he declined the option of settling for a small fine with Italian authorities, stating: “I wouldn’t plead guilty to injuring a animal. ”
Bay has proudly denied the claims. “I am a known animal lover and a huge animal activist,” Bay previously said in a statement to TheWrap. “No animals involved in the production were injured or harmed. Or in any other production that he has worked on in the last 30 years ”.
Now, in a legal letter, Bay’s lawyer writes that the filmmaker “was never charged, let alone ‘charged,’ with ‘killing’ an animal.” Rosengart writes that before publishing the story, TheWrap was made aware of “video evidence disproving these allegations and showing that at no time were any animals harmed, let alone ‘killed.'”
TheWrap could not be reached for comment because a phone number for its media inquiries had a full mailbox that was not currently accepting messages.
Bay’s lawyer says the only “charge” in Italy “refers to whether, in his capacity as director of the film, Mr. Bay failed to adequately supervise crew members (whom he did not even have the ability to hire ) responsible for handling animals on set.” Bay’s attorney says the charge is being “vigorously defended.”
Read the legal letter sent by Michael Bay’s lawyer, Mathew Rosengart, here:
I’m a trial attorney for Michael Bay, writing about you and the EnvelopeThe false, reckless and defamatory headline and story claiming that Michael Bay had been accused or “accused” of “killing a pigeon” in connection with a film he directed. Those statements are simply wrong; they are also harmful.
As you know, Mr. Bay was never charged, let alone “charged”, with “killing” an animal. In fact, prior to publication, he was notified of the existence of video evidence disproving these allegations and showing that at no time was any animal harmed, let alone “killed.” Furthermore, as you are also aware (but you did not publish), the only “charge” in question in Italy concerns whether, in his capacity as director of the film, Mr. Bay failed to adequately supervise the crew members (a whom I did not even have the possibility of hiring) responsible for the management of the animals on the set. That charge is vigorously defended and, in fact, Mr. Bay feels so convinced that, to his credit, he refused to settle the case for even the nominal fine authorities proposed to settle it.
What makes your story even more appalling is that it was told to you expressly, and therefore you he knew, that the headline was false because Mr. Bay did not “kill” an animal and was not charged with such a thing. He evidently also failed to properly investigate the matter by obtaining the actual charge or interviewing authorities or others who might have provided the facts. Instead, he proceeded with his story, with a false and misleading “clickbait” headline, displaying real malice and a reckless disregard for the truth.
Your story is particularly damaging and malicious because, contrary to its implications, Michael Bay is an animal rights activist; he passionately loves animals, as evidenced by his track record. However, as a result of his story, his name is now associated with “killing” or “murdering” an animal, with the connotation intention. Therefore, he is being unfairly slandered and attacked. In fact, there are now numerous articles and countless images on social media associating Mr. Bay with “killing” or “murdering” that have gone around the world.
Therefore, your story is extremely damaging to Mr. Bay personally and professionally (he has spoken publicly of his love for animals and his desire to make a film about saving African elephants, another fact that you were aware of). prior but ignored) and has tarnished his reputation. as someone who fiercely supports animals, financially and otherwise, causing him extreme distress. All this exposes you and the envelope to significant monetary damage. See, for example, Ringler Associates Inc. v. Maryland case. Co., 80 cal. application. 4th 1165, 1181 (2000); see also Milkovich v. Lorain Journal Co.497 US 1, 19 (1990); white v. Fraternal Order of Police909 F.2d 512, 518 (DC Cir. 1990). Kapellas v. koffman, 1 Ca1.3d 20, 33, 81 Cal.Rptr. 360 (1969) (defendant is responsible “both for what is implied and for what is explicitly stated”).
Given the above and other facts and evidence, on behalf of Mr. Bay, we hereby demand an immediate retraction or correction of his story.