Thursday, October 24, 2013

More Problems in Hong Kong

Another extortion attempt has occurred in Hong Kong. One man was arrested and others are being searched for after they threatened some crew members and demanded money. This comes not long after Michael Bay was attacked in another extortion attempt.

Police are searching for three men in connection with a second blackmail attempt on the production crew of Transformers: Age of Extinction.

One of the suspects was arrested while three others fled when police were called on Tuesday.

A week ago several men roughed up US director Michael Bay and some crew members. There are fears the incidents may tarnish the image of Hong Kong in the movie world.

In the most recent incident, the crew were preparing to film on the roof of I-Feng Mansion on To Kwa Wan Road when four men showed up around 2.30pm and demanded money with threats.

A female manager called the police who arrived minutes later and arrested a 35-year-old, surnamed Tse.

Hong Kong Film Directors' Guild honorary president Cheung Tung-joe described the incidents as shocking.

Cheung said he had rarely heard of directors being threatened in the past 10 years, but maybe those involved in the recent cases believed they could make big money from a foreign production team.

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