Michael Bay was reportedly attacked when two men descended on the Hong Kong set of Transformers 4 Thursday and attempted to rob the filmmaker.
Drama ensued when two local men, apparently brothers, approached Bay demanding $12,900, a police spokesperson tells Reuters. When Bay refused the demand, one of the brothers punched him in the face. Three nearby police officers quickly intervened and arrested the men on suspicion of blackmail and assault.
Bay reportedly sustained injuries to the right side of his face, but refused treatment. He resumed shooting shortly after the incident.
In a statement obtained by The New York Times, Bay’s spokesperson revealed more details about the bizarre encounter.
“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 statement continued:
“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.”