An arrest was made in connection with the incident that disrupted production in Baltimore of Apple TV +’s upcoming Natalie Portman project, Lady in the lake. However, questions remain about the inconsistencies in the story about what happened on set.
The Baltimore Police Department told Yahoo Entertainment Tuesday that the agents were called to the Endeavor Content production set at around 4:00 pm on Aug. 26 “concerning a crew member.”
“Preliminary information reported that a crew member had received a verbal threat of violence from an individual, who he said had also brandished a firearm,” the department said in a statement. “At the time, shooting was halted due to an abundance of caution.”
After investigating, investigators determined “that a local street vendor was upset that he was not compensated by production for the loss of business, as he could not run his clothing business while the crew was shooting there. “.
Officers later identified the vendor as Keith L. Brown, 43, of Pikesville, Maryland, who they arrested on Aug.29 on narcotics charges.
“Brown informed investigators that he had spoken with a crew member and a security officer and was awaiting documents to receive compensation for the loss of business on Aug. 26,” the department explained.
Investigators continue to interview people during their ongoing investigation.
When production was halted on Friday, police said the producers had been threatened by locals that they wanted $ 50,000 to continue filming.
“The production leaders have decided to be cautious and reschedule shooting after finding another location,” department spokesman Chakia Fennoy told the Los Angeles Times.
According to the incident report provided by police on Tuesday, they were called after a crew member reported that some people had brandished a gun at another of the workers, a driver, while asking for money to continue filming. While the crew member initially said he saw the gun, he later said only the driver had seen it. Someone else, with the security team on set, first said the writers wanted $ 4,000, but then said it was $ 50,000. An officer later determined that the victim’s “memory of the incident changed during the investigation.”
Endeavor Content did not immediately respond to Yahoo Entertainment’s request for comment.
However, on Monday, the company released a statement a The Hollywood reporter:
“Friday afternoon, on our production set in Baltimore Lady in the lake, before the cast and crew arrived … a driver from our production crew was confronted by two men, one of whom brandished a gun aimed at our driver, and then fled the place. We are working with the Baltimore Police Department while the investigation is ongoing. The safety and security of our crew, cast and everyone working on our productions are our top priority and we are grateful that no one was hurt. Production will resume with increased security measures in the future. It was a privilege to shoot Lady in the lake in Baltimore, working with its vibrant community in many areas. “
Lady in the lake is a limited series based on Laura Lippman’s 2019 detective novel of the same name, inspired by two disappearances in 1960s Baltimore. Portman plays Maddie Schwartz, a bored housewife who chooses to leave her husband to become a journalist.