Transformers 4 director Michael Bay was attacked Thursday (Oct. 17) on the set of his upcoming action-adventure film, which is currently filming in Hong Kong, police said.
According to a Hong Kong police spokeswoman, two brothers surnamed Mak and a third individual approached Bay and demanded 100,000 Hong Kong dollars ($13,000) for the production to commence by their shop. When Bay refused to fork over the money, they assaulted him, she said. The brothers also allegedly assaulted three police officers who were called to the set.
"Contrary to several erroneous news reports, Bay did not get hurt in a fight on his set. The production company did have a rather bizarre encounter with a man (allegedly under the influence of a narcotic substance) who was wielding an air conditioning unit as the weapon of choice."
EMPIRE Online sources note that one of the assailants also accosted several other crew members, and swung the "cumbersome appliance" directly at Bay's head. No stranger to danger, Bay ducked the attempt and then wrested the air conditioner away from his attacker, which prevented anyone from being seriously harmed. Once that happened, the security team immediately stepped in and subdued the assault. No one on the cast or crew was injured and the production immediately resumed filming without further incident.
Filming is currently going on now in Hong Kong and it looks like there are no lasting effects.
Transformers: Age Of Extinction, which stars Kelsey Grammer and Mark Wahlberg, hits theaters on July 10, 2014.
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