Video of the incident showed Mr. Epps jerking the animal's leash upward several times before it appears to take a swipe at the comedian's face. One group has filed a complaint with Detroit Animal Control as well as the USDA. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is reportedly investigating the incident to,"make sure the kangaroo was not being mishandled during the comedy show".
Mike Epps is admitting he didn't use the best judgement Friday night when he made a decision to dance onstage with a kangaroo at a Detroit comedy show.
A video, captured and published by The Shade Room, shows the comedian feeding a banana to a Kangaroo.
Clips posted online from audience members show Mike, 47, tormenting the wild animal - which appeared to be wearing some kind of harness - before the marsupial threw a punch causing Mike to run off stage in a fright.
Stacks told TMZ.com the kangaroo was not harmed, and the leash he used is legal and preferable to a collar.
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"Look I wanna sincerely apologize to everybody".
Actor Mike Epps is being slammed for what some are calling animal abuse involving a kangaroo.
This same kangaroo, who belongs to zoo owner Javon Stacks, caused a buzz after Stacks was caught on video walking the kangaroo down a Detroit street last week.
Some ticket holders were upset by the display, according to TMZ.
Epps attempted to defend himself against the criticism in an Instagram video over the weekend, but later apologized in an another post and pledged to donate to the Save the Kangaroo foundation.