As if last week’s wild assault on director Michael Bay wasn’t enough, now Hong Kong police are saying there’s been a second extortion attempt of the set of Transformers: Age Of Extinction. The government said in a release that a crew member was on a residential roof in To Kwa Wan when she was approached by four men who “intimidated her and asked for money”. Local authorities believe the extortion attempt was the work of a Chinese triad, and one man with suspected ties to organized crime has been arrested. He remained in custody while police hunt the other three suspects. Derek Yee Tung-sing, President of the Hong Kong Directors Guild, told the South China Morning Post that having two such incidents on a film set is “ridiculous” and “more unusual than getting a jackpot”. He said that the film “could have attracted the attention due to its big scale,” adding that he doesn’t believe it points to an increased trend of such crimes. Paramount’s high-profile sequel, starring Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci and Kelsey Grammer, is due for release June 27. Ideally.
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