Actor Matthew Morrison is appalled by an alleged animal abuse incident that took place in his latest film.
The 39-year-old star gave his harsh sentence shortly after animal rights group PETA published a video that allegedly shows a German shepherd thrown from a cage into a river on the set of "Crazy Alien", who filmed in China.
"I just found out and I saw a video of the set of a movie I worked on in China," Morrison tweeted on Friday morning. "I have a broken heart to see any animal treated this way … If I had been on the set or had known this, I would have made every effort to stop this … I called the producers to express my outrage"
PETA, who shared the video on Thursday, described the video as "whistleblower footage" and says the unidentified informant also chronicled the abuse in a written record.
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That record, which PETA also left on Thursday, argues that the incident occurred in the Chinese city of Changsha last November.
"At the moment when the dog's cage rose in the air, the dog stopped barking instantly when the cables were used to make her lose control … circles … The director took many shots and it was horrible to witness it as the torment progressed, "says the written account.
The plaintiff claims that the caged dog was" completely submerged "in" frozen "water at a current of 10 miles per hour.
" After 5-8 seconds, the director shouted & # 39; cut & # 39; … The director made a final decision to take an identical second shot, "wrote the complainant." I could not believe what I was seeing. "
Matthew Morrison, wife of Renee, welcome son Revel
PETA requests the "Crazy Alien" stars who donate their profits to Chinese animal organizations and wants the film's director, Hao Ning, to cut the scene and commit to stop using live animals in movies.
The rights group of the animals also released a statement condemning the incident.
Stars on set
"In a film that already uses special effects Why this animal was subjected to fear and suffering? the statement says. "Because there are no laws that protect animals in the cinema in China, PETA urges the actors to hold production accountable and ask the public to boycott this horribly cruel film."
"Crazy Alien" – a sci-fi comedy that serves as the third installment of Ning's "Crazy" trilogy, began production last summer, according to Deadline. It is also starring Huang Bo, who appeared in the first two installments of the series, and Tom Pelphrey.
Matthew Morrison, wife Renee Puente awaiting her first child
The film is currently in post-production and is scheduled for February 2019 premiere in China, according to Indie Wire.
Ning and the producer behind the movie, Dirty Monkey Films Group, have not commented on the dog's video.
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