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Michael Bay Assaulted on Transformers 4’s Hong Kong Set [Updated]

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Reuters reports that two brothers, 27 and 28, attacked Michael Bay on the Hong Kong set of Transformers 4 (a.k.a. Trans4mers). At first, the younger brother came up to the director and asked for HK$100,000 ($12,900). When he wouldn’t pay, the older brother attacked Bay and then assaulted the three police offers who tried to stop him. The brothers were arrested, as well as a third man who was at the scene. Bay sustained injuries to the right side of his face, but the spokeswoman for the police did not believe it was anything serious. In other news, Bay just had a new idea for a movie in which the Rock travels to Hong Kong to exact revenge on siblings that messed with his friend, Bike El May.

Update: A spokesperson for Bay released a statement that revealed just how nuts the whole thing was:

Contrary to several erroneous news reports made today, Bay did not get hurt in a fight on set. The production company did have a bizarre encounter with a man (allegedly under the influence of a narcotic substance) who was wielding an air conditioning unit as a weapon. The man, who had earlier accosted several other crew members, rushed onto the set in Quarry Bay and swung the air conditioning unit directly at Bay’s head. The director ducked and wrested [sic] the air conditioner from his attacker, preventing what could have been a serious accident. The company’s security team quickly stepped in and subdued the assault. The police, who also scuffled with the assailant and two of his companions, ultimately arrested the three men. No one on the cast or crew was injured and the production immediately resumed filming without further incident.

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