Actor Dimitri Diatchenko has been charged with animal cruelty for allegedly killing, cooking and eating his ex-girlfriend's beloved pet rabbit.

The star, who had small parts in 2 Broke Girls and Sons of Anarchy, reportedly flipped on Sunday (07Dec14) after his ex-partner, who he had continued to live with following their breakup, said he should move out.

Authorities believe Diatchenko sent images to the woman from their North Hollywood home as he skinned, cooked and ate her pet, but he denies the allegation, insisting he set the bunny free and bought rabbit meat from a store to stage an elaborate "hoax".

According to Los Angeles County prosecutors, Diatchenko had threatened to repeat his barbaric act on his unnamed ex when she returned home.

The district attorney's office said in a statement, "Diatchenko skinned the pet, cooked it and ate half of it while sending her step-by-step pictures of what he did. When she returned the defendant allegedly told her he would do the same to her."

The actor has been charged with one count of making a criminal threat and one count of animal cruelty. He is free on bail and is due back in court on 30 December (14).