‘Lady in the Lake’ extortion claim under investigation

The 11 News I-Team looked into questions surrounding Friday’s alleged extortion attempt of a series production crew in downtown Baltimore.Police are still investigating a complaint that a group of drug dealers threatened to shoot someone associated with the production of the “Lady in the Lake ,” unless they forked over $50,000. Police confirmed they are investigating possible discrepancies in the story.An extortion threat sent film crews reluctantly packing on Monday from the set of “Lady in the Lake.”The police complaint alleges a group of people demanded money in exchange for not shooting someone associated with the production. One man who did not want to be identified said he did not hear the extortion threat but noticed a disruptive crowd had gathered on the corner of Park and Saratoga streets.”I was scared they were going to hurt the girl on location. So, I In 10 minutes, the police was here and they dispersed the crowd,” the witness said. The Mayor’s Press Office issued a statement, saying “Mayor Scott has connected with the film company and assured them that he, along with BPD , remains focused on efforts to build public safety.””It’s just a terrible mark on Baltimore. There is so much negativity about Baltimore. Baltimore is a good town,” the witness said.The AppleTV+ series “Lady in the Lake” is based on a book by former Baltimore Sun Paper reporter and now mystery writer, Laura Lippman.Lippman is married to David Simon, who wrote the series “The Wire,” based in Baltimore. Simon tweeted, “We shot 200 hours of television over two decades. Communicated where we shot. Always a few loudmouths hyping: Always folks in crew — locations, security, BPD — trained to firmly but respectfully respond. Baltimore is good people. “”I want them to shoot more movies in my city. I’m from Baltimore. I love Baltimore and I just want them to shoot more movies here,” the witness said.Baltimore police said production managers closed down filming on Monday for safety concerns. They hope to reschedule shooting as soon as they find another location.

The 11 News I-Team looked into questions surrounding Friday’s alleged extortion attempt of a series production crew in downtown Baltimore.

Police are still investigating a complaint that a group of drug dealers threatened to shoot someone associated with the production of the “Lady in the Lake,” unless they forked over $50,000.

Police confirmed they are investigating possible discrepancies in the story.

An extortion threat sent film crews reluctantly packing on Monday from the set of “Lady in the Lake.”

The police complaint alleges a group of people demanded money in exchange for not shooting someone associated with the production.

One man who did not want to be identified said he did not hear the extortion threat but noticed a disruptive crowd had gathered on the corner of Park and Saratoga streets.

“I was scared they were going to hurt the girl on location. So, I called the police. In 10 minutes, the police was here and they dispersed the crowd,” the witness said.

The Mayor’s Press Office issued a statement, saying “Mayor [Brandon] Scott has connected with the film company and assured them that he, along with BPD, remains focused on efforts to build public safety.”

“It’s just a terrible mark on Baltimore. There is so much negativity about Baltimore. Baltimore is a good town,” the witness said.

The AppleTV+ series “Lady in the Lake” is based on a book by former Baltimore Sun Paper reporter and now mystery writer, Laura Lippman.

Lippman is married to David Simon, who wrote the series “The Wire,” based in Baltimore.

Simon tweeted, “We shot 200 hours of television over two decades. Communicated where we shot. Always a few loudmouths hyping: Always folks in crew — locations, security, BPD — trained to firmly but respectfully respond. Baltimore is good people. “

“I want them to shoot more movies in my city. I’m from Baltimore. I love Baltimore and I just want them to shoot more movies here,” the witness said.

Baltimore police said production managers closed down filming on Monday for safety concerns. They hope to reschedule shooting as soon as they find another location.

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