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Details About ‘Extortion Threat’ Against Natalie Portman-Starring Series ‘Lady in the Lake’ Emerge

Previously, it’s reported that the production team decided to halt the filming on the Baltimore set after several ‘drug dealers’ asked for a large sum of money and would shoot someone.

AceShowbiz -New details about the “extortion threat” against the “Lady in the Lake” production team have been revealed by the police. On Sunday, the production of Natalie Portman-starring Apple TV+ announced that the filming is delayed following threats by locals in Baltimore.

The Hollywood Reporter reported on Tuesday, August 30 that Baltimore police have examined CCTV camera footage and interviewed everyone involved. In a statement to the outlet, the police said that a local street vendor selling clothing was upset he had not been compensated by the production for lost business since he could not operate while the crew was shooting at his location.

The cop further said that the individual claimed he talked with a crew member and a security manager and was awaiting paperwork to receive compensation for lost business. The vendor, who claimed he/she sells clothing, was then arrested on narcotics charges.

Meanwhile, an accompanying police report obtained by the news site described conflicting statements that suggest a group was being disruptive to the production, but that the previously mentioned threats were overstated or inaccurate.

A production member, who initially reported the incident, claimed a person brandished a gun at the workers, but then “retracted his original statement” to say a driver had claimed they saw a gun. “[The brandishing of the gun] was determined to be inaccurate and the victim’s recollection of the incident changed during the investigation,” read the report.

While a member of the security company contracted by the production stated that a local group threatened to “shoot in the air” if they did not receive money, the said person later admitted he/she did not have the first-hand knowledge of the incident.

According to THR, detectives are now “in the process of interviewing additional individuals and this is still an open and ongoing investigation.” The details of this incident possibly will shift yet again.

Production on “Lady in the Lake” began in Baltimore several months ago. The production team announced on August 28 that they decided to halt the filming after they were threatened with violence. It’s said that several “drug dealers” asked for a large sum of money from the series crew.

The miniseries, based on Laura Lippman’s 2019 novel of the same name, takes place in the 1960s and follows Maddie Schwartz (Natalie), an aspiring investigative journalist, as she seeks to unravel the mysterious death of a young mother and progressive activist, Cleo Sherwood (Moses Ingram).

In addition to Natalie and Moses, the rest of the series’ cast includes Y’Lan Noel, Mikey Madison, Brett Gelman, Noah Jupe, Mike Epps and Byron Bowers. All episodes of “Lady in the Lake” are set to be directed by Alma Har’el, who’s widely known for her work in “Honey Boy“.

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