June 26, 2009 at 11:31 PM EDT

A scene in the upcoming comedy Bruno featuring Michael Jackson’s sister La Toya has been permanently deleted from the film. In a statement, Universal, the studio behind the movie, says, “Out of respect for the Jackson family, the filmmakers have decided to remove asmall scene involving La Toya Jackson.” Bruno opens on July 10.

After Michael Jackson’s death was reported yesterday, actor Sacha Baron Cohen and the makers Brunoscrambled to delete the scene justbefore the film’s premiere at Mann’s Chinese Theater in Los Angeles. The scene, which had previously been seen by journalists, foundBaron Cohen’s Bruno — a wildly gay, fame-seeking Austrian fashionista– snagging an interview with La Toya. Ms. Jackson, who did not appearto be in on the joke, gamely tried to answer Bruno’s questions even ashe interrogated her about her brother Michael and tried surreptitiouslyto find Michael’s number on her cellphone. The scene ended, as mostthings in Bruno’s world do, with a moment of raw, funny discomfort.

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