20 November 2012 5:53 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema have released a strongly worded statement denying recent accusations that many animals were abused during production of the films based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. The statement pointedly notes that the “primary source of these new allegations can be traced to freelance animal wranglers who were dismissed by the production over a year ago for cause.” (Warner Bros. and New Line, like Entertainment Weekly, are owned by Time Warner.)

On Monday, director Peter Jackson issued his own statement, along with the rest of The Hobbit’s producers, rejecting the accusations. It also »


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