MTV Cancels 'Siesta Key' Premiere Party After Death Threats Against Star
Local news reports said Alex Kompothecras was the subject of threats.
A screening party for MTV's Siesta Key was canceled after one of the reality show's stars was the subject of death threats.
The Tampa Bay Times reports that threats against Alex Kompothecras caused organizers to pull the party that was set to take place Monday night (July 31) in Sarasota, Florida, where Siesta Key is filmed.
The reality show, which follows eight young people enjoying a hedonistic summer in Florida and has been described as a mix between The Hills and Laguna Beach, has been dogged by controversy. Kompothecras, in particular, has elicited a fierce social media backlash after one of his friends was caught on camera dragging a shark behind a boat.
A Facebook page and Twitter hashtag calling for the boycott of Siesta Key appeared when the shark video went viral, and there was online talk of organizing a protest at the same time as the premiere party.
This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.