Director Michael Bay was reportedly assaulted on the set of his latest "Transformers" movie.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, two brothers approached Bay during production of "Transformers: Age of Extinction." After one of them demanded $12,900 from Bay, the other brother assaulted the director. Eventually, three police offers stepped in to break up the altercation. The younger brother was arrested on charges of blackmail and assault and the other was arrested for assault (there was a third man who was also arrested at the scene).
While the three police officers were hospitalized, Bay declined treatment and kept working (hey, that summer 2014 release date isn't going to meet itself).
It's occasionally fun to make fun of Michael Bay, and we're sure that there are going to be endless jokes about how people have wanted to knock him out for years (namely anyone who saw "Pearl Harbor"), but you've got to hand it to the guy for possibly being extorted and assaulted and then going back to work. Michael Bay is one tough son of a gun. Or maybe he's just been hanging out with Mark Wahlberg too much.
"Transformers: Age of Extinction" opens on June 27th, 2014.
UPDATE: A rep for Michael Bay provided a statement regarding the situation:
"Contrary to several erroneous news reports, Bay did not get hurt in a fight on his set. The production company did have a rather bizarre encounter with a man (allegedly under the influence of a narcotic substance) who was wielding an air conditioning unit as his weapon of choice.
"The young man, who had earlier accosted several other crew members, barreled onto the set in Quarry Bay and swung the cumbersome appliance directly at Bay's head. The director ducked and wrested 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."