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  • 26 February 2014, 12:22

Transformers Set Attack: Man Guilty Of Blackmail

A man has been found guilty of blackmailing the Transformers 4 crew during filming of the new movie in Hong Kong.

Brothers Mak Chi-hang, 28, and Mak Chi-shing, 27, refused to close their air conditioning repair shop or turn down loud music as shooting was about to start near their business on October 17 last year.

A member of the Transformers: Age of Extinction film crew had agreed to pay the pair HK$1,000 (US$129 or 77).

However, the next day, a scuffle broke out when the younger brother demanded payment of HK$100,000 (US$12,900 or 7,732) and the crew refused.

Transformers director Michael Bay was attacked by a man wielding an air conditioning unit and suffered minor injuries to the right side of his face. He declined treatment and did not press charges.

He wrote on his website at the time: "Every vendor where we shot got paid a fair price for our inconvenience, but he wanted four times that amount."

On Wednesday, Chi-shing was found guilty of blackmail and assaulting a police officer by elbowing him.

The elder sibling was cleared of the blackmail charge, but was found guilty of resisting police officers.

The case was adjourned for sentencing.

Non-violent attempts at extortion involving location filming have been an occasional problem for Hollywood over the years.

They usually involve residents disrupting filming by making noise or other means in an effort to prompt a payoff.

In recent years, studios have tried to be more considerate when offering compensation to residents living close to a film set.

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