updated 06/26/2009 AT 3:00 PM ET
•originally published 06/26/2009 AT 3:55 PM ET
News of Michael Jackson’s death prompted Brüno producers to pull LaToya Jackson’s cameo from a screening at the film’s U.S. premiere Thursday night in Hollywood.
“Out of respect for the Jackson family, the filmmakers have decided to remove a small scene involving LaToya Jackson,” Universal Pictures, the studio behind the film, says in a statement to PEOPLE.
In the scene, Brüno – an Austrian fashion journalist played by Sacha Baron Cohen – interviews Jackson, 53, and asks her repeatedly to talk like her famous brother, Michael. When she refuses, he asks her for her phone, attempts to find Michael’s contact informany and reads aloud what he thinks is his number in German.