Maroon 5's "Animals" Video Blasted by Sexual Assault Group

"No one should ever confuse the criminal act of stalking with romance"
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'Animals'

Maroon 5's music video for "Animals" is a bloody affair that may be strictly fiction to some, but RAINN (Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network) has released a statement expressing disappointment in the video, which it says glorifies troubling stalking behavior.

"Maroon 5's video for 'Animals' is a dangerous depiction of a stalker's fantasy — and no one should ever confuse the criminal act of stalking with romance," said the sexual assault organization.

The video co-stars Behati Prinsloo as she is hauntingly watched and pursued by her real-life husband, band frontman Adam Levine

"The trivialization of these serious crimes, like stalking, should have no place in the entertainment industry. Survivors everywhere can get help 24/7 through the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1.800.656.HOPE and online.rainn.org."

Billboard reached out to a rep for the band, but did not immediately receive a response. 

Watch the video for "Animals" below.

A version of this post originally appeared on Billboard.com.

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