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Hong Kong brothers jailed for trying to blackmail Transformers 4 crew

Published on Feb 26, 2014 6:37 PM

HONG KONG (REUTERS) - A Hong Kong man was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in jail and his brother got six months on Wednesday over an attempt to extort nearly US$13,000 (S$16,400) from American director Michael Bay and his crew during filming of Transformers 4.

Mak Chi-hang and his younger brother Mak Chi-shing refused to close their air conditioner repair shop or turn down loud music in October when the crew was about to start shooting a scene for the science fiction movie.

A member of the crew had approached the brothers the day before and they had agreed to compensation of HK$1,000, the district court heard. But on the day of filming, the younger brother demanded HK$100,000 ($16,400).

When the crew refused, an argument ensued, scuffles broke out and the younger Mak elbowed a police officer. Bay sustained minor injuries to his face but did not seek treatment or press charges.

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