Comic actor Mike Epps has apologized for bringing a live kangaroo on stage during a performance in Detroit.


Epps was accused of animal abuse after the incident, in which he invited exotic animal handler Javon Stacks and the animal on stage and then tugged at the kangaroo’s harness, inciting a violent response from the animal. In the video, which can be seen here, the animal is paraded around and held in the arms of the zoo keeper. “I ain’t f–king with that,” Epps says after the animal hits the mic out of another performer’s hands.

“Look I want to sincerely apologize to everybody, I don’t own the kangaroo and did not mean any harm to the animal it got out of hand and I am sorry,” Epps wrote. “Sorry if I offended anybody I love animals since I was a kid I had dogs my whole life!”

The actor issued his apology on his Instagram account, and also promised to donate to vegan charity Viva!‘s campaign to save the kangaroo.

Prior to the apology post, Epps wrote a message defending his actions. “Yeh look how nice Iam 2 him! Theses guys are license zoo keepers ! #iloveanimals,” he said.

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