Matthew Morrison ‘outraged’ by dog abuse video from set of new movie

A disturbing video has emerged from the Chinese set of Matthew Morrison’s new movie, “Crazy Alien,” allegedly showing dog abuse.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) released the video on Thursday, saying it came from a “whistleblower” on the set of the film, directed by Ning Hao. The grainy video shows a crate, apparently containing a dog, suspended over a pool of water and being spun around multiple times by crew members before crashing into the water.

Morrison took to Twitter to express his anger over the video and claimed he did not have prior knowledge of the scene. He wrote, “I’ve just been made aware and seen a video from the set of a film I worked on in China. My heart is broken to see any animal treated this way.”

He added that he has reached out to producers. “Had I been on set or known about this, I would have made all efforts to stop this,” he said. “I’ve called the producers to express my outrage.”

According to a release from PETA, the whistleblower said the dog, a young German Shepard, was worked “into a frenzy” in order to get the animal to bark as loudly as possible. It was then apparently locked into a “small solid metal wire cage” and lifted into the air by a crane.

“The second the dog cage rose into the air, the dog stopped barking instantly as the cables were used to spin the cage out of control in circles before solidly landing 40–50 feet away,” the whistleblower said. “The director took many takes and this was just awful to witness as the torment went on.”

“The next shot was at the river’s edge where the dog was put back into his cage and tormented into a frenzy once again,” the whistleblower reportedly went on. “This time … the cage … was hoisted 20 ft. and was flung while spinning out of control towards the river. … [T]he cage was completely submerged with the dog in it landing in a 10 mph current. After 5–8 seconds, the director yelled out ‘cut.’ ”

The producers of the film have not yet responded to Variety‘s request for comment.

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MILAN, ITALY - JUNE 18: Matthew Morrison and Renee Puente arrive at the Dsquared2 show during Milan Men's Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2018 on June 18, 2017 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/Getty Images for Dsquared2)
MILAN, ITALY - JUNE 18: Matthew Morrison and Renee Puente arrive at the Dsquared2 show during Milan Men's Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2018 on June 18, 2017 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/Getty Images for Dsquared2)
MILAN, ITALY - JUNE 18: Beatrice Vendramin, Miguel Angel Munoz, Cristiana Capotondi, Luis Fonsi, Vittoria Puccini, Morrison Matthew and Renee Puente arrive at the Dsquared2 show during Milan Men's Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2018 on June 18, 2017 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/Getty Images for Dsquared2)
MILAN, ITALY - JUNE 18: Matthew Morrison and Renee Puente arrive at the Dsquared2 show during Milan Men's Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2018 on June 18, 2017 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/Getty Images for Dsquared2)
MILAN, ITALY - JUNE 18: Matthew Morrison, Renee Puente, Dean Caten and Dan Caten arrive at the Dsquared2 show during Milan Men's Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2018 on June 18, 2017 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/Getty Images for Dsquared2)
MILAN, ITALY - JUNE 17: Matthew Morrison, Renee Puente and guest attend the Philipp Plein show during Milan Men's Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2018 on June 17, 2017 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Jacopo Raule/Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - JUNE 17: Renee Puente attends the Philipp Plein show during Milan Men's Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2018 on June 17, 2017 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Jacopo Raule/Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - JUNE 17: Renee Puente and Matthew Morrison attend the Philipp Plein show during Milan Men's Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2018 on June 17, 2017 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Jacopo Raule/Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - JUNE 17: Renee Puente and Matthew Morrison attend the Philipp Plein show during Milan Men's Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2018 on June 17, 2017 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Jacopo Raule/Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - JUNE 17: Renee Puente and Matthew Morrison attend the Philipp Plein show during Milan Men's Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2018 on June 17, 2017 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Jacopo Raule/Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - JUNE 17: Matthew Morrison, Renee Puente and Carine Roitfeld attend the Philipp Plein show during Milan Men's Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2018 on June 17, 2017 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Jacopo Raule/Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - MAY 10: Actor Matthew Morrison and wife Renee Puente arrive at the premiere of 20th Century Fox's 'Snatched' at Regency Village Theatre on May 10, 2017 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actors Matthew Morrison (L) and Renee Puente attend the 25th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Academy Awards Viewing Party at The City of West Hollywood Park on February 26, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 11: Actor Matthew Morrison (L) and Renee Puente attend the 2017 Pre-GRAMMY Gala And Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Debra Lee at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 11, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actors Matthew Morrison, Renee Puente and singer JC Chasez attend the 25th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Academy Awards Viewing Party at The City of West Hollywood Park on February 26, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for EJAF)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 17: Matthew Morrison (L) and wife Renee Puente attend the 2016 American Museum of Natural History Museum Gala at the American Museum of Natural History on November 17, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 11: Actors Matthew Morrison (L) and Renee Puente attend Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Debra Lee at The Beverly Hilton on February 11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: Renee Puente and Matthew Morrison attend a special screening of 'Allied' hosted by Paramount Pictures with The Cinema Society and Chandon at iPic Theater on November 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
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