‘Transformers’ Hong Kong set faces second extortion attempt from Chinese mobsters

By Roxanne Cooper
Thursday, October 24, 2013 7:46 EDT
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Optimus Prime' attends the grand opening of 'Transformers The Ride - 3D' at Universal Orlando on June 20, 2013 in Florida via AFP
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Hollywood director Michael Bay’s “Transformers” crew has faced a second extortion attempt in a week while filming in Hong Kong, reports and authorities said Thursday.

Police arrested a man who was suspected of intimidating a member of Bay’s film crew on Wednesday afternoon in the Kowloon City area, where “Transformers: Age of Extinction” was being filmed.

“Four men intimidated her and asked for money” on a rooftop building location, a government statement said without referring to Michael Bay or the movie.

“Police sped to the scene and arrested a 35-year-old male,” it said, adding that the other three are now being sought for “blackmail”.

The three are suspected members of the Sun Yee On triad, reported the South China Morning Post.

Last Thursday, Bay was attacked by a man wielding an air conditioning unit and demanding HK$100,000 ($12,900) compensation for filming at a location in the southern Chinese city.

“Some drugged-up guys were being belligerent asses to my crew for hours,” Bay said on his website then.

The fourth instalment of the Transformers franchise starring Mark Wahlberg and Nicola Peltz is scheduled to hit theatres in June.

Roxanne Cooper
Roxanne Cooper is the publisher of Raw Story. She has 20+ years experience in media management, marketing, and advertising and has held positions with AlterNet, the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, LA Weekly, San Francisco Bay Guardian, and Stars & Stripes. From 2004-2008, Roxanne published the popular political blog Rox Populi. She lives in San Francisco and you can follow her on Twitter at @AlterRox.
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