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Siesta Key Cast Speaks Out After Receiving 'Horrific' Death Threats For A Shark-Dragging Incident They Had NOTHING To Do With!

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The Siesta Key cast wants you to know they had NOTHING to do with that awful animal cruelty controversy.

As we previously reported, MTV canceled the local premiere party for their new show, Siesta Key, after star Alex Kompothecras was hit with death threats over his association with a man who dragged a hammerhead shark to its death. We know, that's a lot to process.

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Let's start from the beginning. Back in July, a video of boaters cruelly dragging a shark to its death hit the internet and, unsurprisingly, the footage went viral. While the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission did not release the names of those involved in the crime, they did confirm that they've learned the identities of the culprits.

Nonetheless, it was later revealed that one of the alleged animal abusers was Michael Wenzel — who just happens to be a friend of Kompothecras. This connection inspired activists to create a "Boycott Siesta Key MTV" Facebook page, but the protest against the cast got out of hand as Alex and his castmates have since gotten death threats.

Per Alex himself, he was at the Key West airport when Wenzel sent him the footage of the shark's death. The up-and-coming reality star told People:

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