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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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What Death Threats? Siesta Key Cast Celebrates Premiere Amid Controversy!

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The champagne did NOT go to waste!

As we reported, the Siesta Key premiere party in Sarasota, FL was canceled after star Alex Kompothecras received death threats for being linked to a video where a hammerhead shark gets dragged to death.

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Even with the animal cruelty allegations, the sexy men and women of MTV's latest reality TV show still got their party on!

On Monday night, some of the cast — which consists of Chloe Trautman, Madisson Hausburg, Juliette Porter, Brandon Gomes, Kelsey Owens, and Garrett Miller — were seen on social media celebrating their debut episode in a private home.

In one Instagram story video, Owens was heard saying:

"Our lives are about to change… I'm so excited. I hope you guys love it, we worked really hard."

See the pics from Snapchat and Insta (below)!

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MTV's Siesta Key Premiere Party Canceled & Show Under Fire After Animal Abuse Allegations & Death Threats

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MTV is scrambling to get a hold on this drama.

Per reports, the network canceled its Siesta Key premiere party at Cinebistro in Sarasota, FL amid an animal cruelty controversy linked to one of the show's cast members. Siesta Key star Alex Kompothecras was hit with criticism recently after a friend of his was featured in a video where a hammerhead shark was dragged to its death.

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While Kompothecras was not involved in the shark's cruel death, three women organized a protest to coincide with the since canceled party. And it wasn't just some small protest either as the women had 6,000 Facebook users supporting their cause!

Nonetheless, it was death threats made against Alex which inspired MTV to officially pull the plug on the event. The Siesta Key personality's father, Dr. Gary Kompothecras, confirmed the drama to The Tampa Bay Times as he noted:

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