Another voice has spoken out about the "A Dog's Purpose" abuse allegations, and this time, it's the movie's star actor.
Actor Dennis Quaid, known for his roles in films including "The Day After Tomorrow," and "The Parent Trap," stars alongside a host of canines in the soon-to-be-released film, "A Dog's Purpose." The highly anticipated movie is set to come out on Friday, but recent abuse allegations and a proposed boycott from PETA are threatening the film's success.
Quaid, who says he feels a personal connection with the film's story line, has spoken out calling the allegations a "scam."
"That video that someone took and sold for money and held on to for a year and a half until right before the film's coming out, does not tell the whole story. First of all, it's been edited and manipulated. And I think it's a scam, to tell you the truth."
The video in question first made public by TMZ shows two different clips that when played consecutively, make it seem like a dog named Hercules was pushed into the water against his will and nearly drowned in the process. But Quaid, along with others including film producer Gavin Palone, have made statements saying the scenes are out of context, and the dog was never in danger. Quaid told ET:
"I was there. I never saw any abuse of any animal. If there had been, I would have walked."
He says the video doesn't "tell the whole story," and his thoughts reflect those of Palone, who said in a letter to the public:
"The dog was comfortable and went in [the water] on his own, and they shot the scene. The TMZ video only shows the unfinished take of when the dog was on the right side. What is clear from viewing all the footage was that the dog was never forced into the water."
Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment have reportedly started an investigation to address the accusation. They also canceled the movie's premiere and press junket that was meant to take place this past week.
As the scheduled release date looms nearer, no one can predict whether it will be PETA's call for a boycott or Quaid's defense that matters most to movie-goers. But Quaid does have a message for fans. When asked what he would tell those who were debating whether or not to see the film, he said:
"To them, I would say I know that no abuse occurred. What they saw was completely out of context. It was edited..and all of the footage I saw, the dog was going into the water happily and had to be restrained, actually, from going into the water many times during that day."
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