Tonight's premiere of MTV's latest reality series, Siesta Key, was supposed to be a big deal in the Florida town. However, after one of the show's cast members was linked to a horrifying animal cruelty video, the series is under fire and tonight's red-carpet event at CineBistro at the Westfield Siesta Key mall has been canceled.
According to a new report, the red-carpet premiere event was supposed to take place on Monday but on Sunday, amid speculation regarding the video that showed people abusing a shark, the party was shut down.
“It’s been canceled,” Barbie Fraley, event organizer, said of the highly anticipated premiere party for Siesta Key, via the Bradenton Herald. "I can't comment further."
The event was supposed to include a meet-and-greet with the cast, as well as an autograph signing and a question-and-answer session.
As the Bradenton Herald revealed an Animal Abuse Protest was due to take place at the CineBistro if they didn't agree to cancel the event.
“If CineBistro refuses to cancel the event, we will be there at 8:15 p.m. to greet the stars of the show as well as the producers from MTV,” the Facebook page for the Siesta Key Animal Abuse protest warned.
“Unfortunately, over the past few days, the connection between the production and the ‘Siesta Key’ show and the horrific videos and photos of animal abuse have come to light,” the page added.
On Sunday, WWSB in Sarasota reported that Alex Kompothecras, a cast member on the show, had been receiving death threats after he was named as a friend of a man who was seen reportedly dragging a shark to its death -- and filming the event for the world to see.
On Instagram, Kompothecras insisted he had nothing to do with the incident.
“I had nothing to do with the shark video. Yes he’s a friend of mine, but no I don’t agree with what he did.”