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The Latest: Bank of America ends funding over Trump scene

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FILE - In this May 21, 2017, file photo provided by The Public Theater, Tina Benko, left, portrays Melania Trump in the role of Caesar's wife, Calpurnia, and Gregg Henry, center left, portrays President Donald Trump in the role of Julius Caesar during a dress rehearsal of The Public Theater's Free Shakespeare in the Park production of Julius Caesar in New York. Teagle F. Bougere, center right, plays as Casca, and Elizabeth Marvel, right, as Marc Anthony. Delta Air Lines is pulling its sponsorship of New York's Public Theater for portraying Julius Caesar as the Donald Trump look-alike in a business suit who gets knifed to death on stage, according to its statement Sunday, June 11, 2017. (Joan Marcus/The Public Theater via AP) © The Associated Press FILE - In this May 21, 2017, file photo provided by The Public Theater, Tina Benko, left, portrays Melania Trump in the role of Caesar's wife, Calpurnia, and Gregg Henry, center left, portrays President Donald Trump in the role of Julius Caesar during a dress rehearsal of The Public Theater's Free Shakespeare in the Park production of Julius Caesar in New York. Teagle F. Bougere, center right, plays as Casca, and Elizabeth Marvel, right, as Marc Anthony. Delta Air Lines is pulling its sponsorship of New York's Public Theater for portraying Julius Caesar as the Donald Trump look-alike in a business suit who gets knifed to death on stage, according to its statement Sunday, June 11, 2017. (Joan Marcus/The Public Theater via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on Delta Airlines ending sponsorship over New York City's theater's Trump look-alike assassination scene. (all times local):

10:55 p.m.

Bank of America is the latest company to have problems with a Manhattan-based theater company's portrayal of Julius Caesar as a Donald Trump look-alike in a business suit who gets knifed to death.

The Charlotte, North Carolina-based company tweeted a statement Sunday night saying it's withdrawing its funding for the Public Theater's production of "Julius Caesar." It said the theater "chose to present Julius Caesar in such a way that was intended to provoke and offend."

Earlier, Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines said it was pulling its sponsorship, saying "it crossed the line on the standards of good taste."

Performances of the assassination scene began just days before comedian Kathy Griffin was criticized for posing for a photograph in which she gripped a bloodied rendering of Trump's head.

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8:30 p.m.

Delta Air Lines is pulling its sponsorship of New York's Public Theater for portraying Julius Caesar as a Donald Trump look-alike in a business suit who gets knifed to death on stage.

The Atlanta-based airline released a statement Sunday saying the graphic staging of "Julius Caesar" does not reflect its values and "crossed the line on the standards of good taste."

The play is part of the city's free Shakespeare in the Park festival in Central Park. Its director, Oskar Eustis, says the production "in no way advocates violence toward anyone."

Messages seeking comment from The Public Theater weren't immediately returned.

Performances of the assassination scene began just days before comedian Kathy Griffin was criticized for posing for a photograph in which she gripped a bloodied rendering of Trump's head.

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