HK brothers plead not guilty to Transformers director extortion
HONG KONG (AFP) - Two brothers charged with trying to extort nearly S$16,500 from Hollywood director Michael Bay while he was shooting the latest Transformers film in Hong Kong have pleaded not guilty, local media reported on Tuesday.
Mr Bay was attacked by a man wielding an air conditioning unit and demanding HK$100,000 (S$16,455) compensation for filming in the city's Quarry Bay district on the first day of location shooting in October.
Brothers Mak Chi-shing, 27, and Mak Chi-hang, 28, who operate a shop selling air-conditioners, each pleaded not guilty to charges of blackmail and assaulting a police officer at the district court on Tuesday, the South China Morning Post reported.
The court could not immediately be reached for comment.