The guide accused of helping an American kill Cecil the lion told NBC News on Tuesday that he felt he did nothing wrong.
Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer allegedly paid Theo Bronkhorst $50,000 to lure the lion out of a wildlife reserve so he could shoot it with a bow.
The animal was a tourist favorite and subject of an Oxford University research project. Its death has provoked global outrage.
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"I do not feel I have done anything wrong," Bronkhorst said via telephone. "This has been a very stressful time for me and my family. We have been pulled into something we are not happy with."
Bronkhorst has pleaded not guilty last week to a charge of failing to prevent the unlawful killing of Cecil. He was released on $1,000 bail and was due back in court Wednesday.