Baltimore crew flees ‘Lady in the Lake’ set after shooting, extortion threats from drug dealers: report

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The studio behind an upcoming Apple TV+ show starring Natalie Portman says one of the crew members was forced to flee a set in Baltimore after allegedly being confronted by two men — one of whom allegedly brandished a gun — in what the police describe as a shooting threat and extortion attempt.

Endeavor Content now promises production of “Lady in the Lake” “will resume with heightened security measures going forward” after the incident allegedly took place Friday afternoon near Lexington Market.

The Baltimore Banner, citing police, reported that drug dealers urged those working on the show to vacate the set and threatened to shoot someone, while also trying to extort $50,000 from the crew — but the producers refused to pay. .

“Friday afternoon, on the Baltimore set of our production Lady in the Lake, prior to the arrival of the cast and crew, a driver from our production crew was confronted by two men, one of whom brandished a gun pointed at our driver, then they fled the location. We are working with the Baltimore Police Department as the investigation continues,” Endeavor Content said in a statement obtained by Deadline late Sunday.

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Natalie Portman attends the “Thor: Love and Thunder” photocall at the Villa Agrippina Gran Meliá Hotel on July 7, 2022 in Rome, Italy
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“The safety and security of our crew, cast and everyone working on our productions is our top priority, and we are grateful that no one was injured,” the statement added.

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The threats are said to have been made in this Baltimore, Maryland block, according to police.

The threats are said to have been made in this Baltimore, Maryland block, according to police.
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Endeavor Content described filming the limited series in Baltimore as a “privilege” and thanked and appreciated “the City of Baltimore, Mayor Brandon M. Scott, the Baltimore Film Office, Maryland Film Office, and the Baltimore Police Department for their incredible support as we will continue production in the great city of Baltimore and surrounding communities.”

The show, starring Portman and Emmy nominee Moses Ingram, is set in 1960s Baltimore and revolves around a white housewife turned journalist investigating an unsolved murder.

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The series is an adaptation of a 2019 Laura Lippman novel and is expected to continue filming through October.

Baltimore Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News Digital.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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