Comedian Mike Epps Accused Of Animal Abuse After Kangaroo Stunt

Comedian Mike Epps Accused Of Animal Abuse After Kangaroo Stunt

Comedian Mike Epps Accused Of Animal Abuse After Kangaroo Stunt

In a video posted to Twitter on Saturday, the animal is seen on stage with its handler in an energetic segment with Epps, who appears to be struck in the face by the kangaroo after tugging on its collar.

After being slammed on social media for the act, Epps has now apologized.

"The Hangover" actor, Mike Epps, came under fire after he brought a kangaroo on stage during a performance in Detroit.

Epps had another man bring the kangaroo out and it had a leash around its neck.

The kangaroo made national headlines after a Snapchat video showed the animal on the streets of Detroit.

Last week, Javon Stacks, the kangaroo's handler, told MLive.com that the animal is part of a traveling exotic zoo, and said he has the proper licenses for the kangaroo.

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Mike Epps has yet to respond.

A video shows the comedian and the handler with the kangaroo, which is held upright. Look how nice I am to him, ' Epps captioned the video. "Theses guys are license zoo keepers!" he captioned a photo of himself feeding the kangaroo, according to a screenshot captured by The Shade Room.

Epps issued an apology on Instagram Sunday, along with the logo of Viva, a United Kingdom animal rights group. Epps added that he also plans to donate money to a foundation to help the animals.

It's worth noting that PETA is often wildly off-base when it comes to the things it takes issue with, but in a statement, the organization says that "traumatic situations" like this can be fatal to kangaroos, as they are "not hardy animals".

TMZ reported Monday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is investigating. We reached out to Stacks for comment, and will update this post when he does.

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