Baltimore police amend report of violent risk on TV set

The Baltimore Police Division has walked again its preliminary report of a violent risk on the set of the AppleTV+ collection “Lady in the Lake” and arrested a avenue vendor on the heart of its ongoing investigation.

On Tuesday, the police division stated detectives investigating the case had “determined that a local street vendor was upset that he had not been compensated by the production for lost business, since he could not operate his clothing business while the crew was filming at that location.”

Authorities arrested 43-year-old Keith L. Brown of Pikesville, Md., on Monday on narcotics fees. Brown instructed detectives that “he had talked with a crew member and a security manager and was awaiting paperwork to receive compensation for lost business,” in accordance with the police division’s press launch.

The press launch additionally famous that “preliminary information reported that a crew member had received a verbal threat of violence from an individual, who he alleged also brandished a firearm.” Nevertheless, a police report offered Tuesday to The Instances reveals that the above narrative was later deemed “inaccurate” and that “the victim’s recollection of the incident changed during the investigation.”

Over the weekend, Baltimore legislation enforcement instructed media retailers — together with the Los Angeles Instances — that “locals” had threatened to “shoot someone” on the set of the present and tried to extort $50,000 from producers. The Instances was later knowledgeable that no producers had been current through the incident.

A consultant for Endeavor Content material, which is producing the undertaking, instructed The Instances earlier this week that two males had confronted and brandished a gun at a driver on the “Lady in the Lake” manufacturing crew Friday earlier than fleeing the scene.

The Endeavor Content material rep didn’t instantly reply Tuesday to The Instances’ request for remark.

In keeping with a police report filed by officer Sharrod Mobley on Aug. 26, a location supervisor on the restricted collection claimed that “individuals demanded that he pay $50,000 in order to film [on 200 Park Ave.] and that they pulled a gun and brandished it at one of the workers.”

At first, the placement supervisor instructed police that he personally noticed a gun earlier than clarifying that one of many drivers on the manufacturing crew had seen the weapon when requested to explain the firearm. The police report additionally famous that the placement supervisor “observed a large amount of marijuana” through the alleged altercation.

However a supplementary report filed by officer Steven Langjahr clarified that the placement supervisor “did not witness the incident and made a report on behalf of their ‘driver.’” Langjahr added that “Officer Mobley’s investigation revealed the [location manager] to be inconsistent with their reporting of the incident.”

Langjahr additionally recalled talking with a member of the manufacturing crew “who stated that there were a few people being disruptive” however didn’t allege any crimes had been dedicated. Langjahr wrote that an “unidentified male individual” close to the scene was being “argumentative” whereas denying that he was “giving the film crew a hard time.” The person, who was accused solely of “being disruptive to the crew,” finally left the placement and didn’t return, in accordance with Langjahr.

As of Tuesday morning, detectives had been nonetheless “in the process of interviewing additional individuals” for the investigation, in accordance with Lindsey Eldridge, a spokesperson for the police division.

Tailored from bestselling writer Laura Lippman’s novel of the identical identify, “Lady in the Lake” stars Oscar winner Natalie Portman as a housewife-turned-journalist investigating a murder and Emmy nominee Moses Ingram as an activist preventing for social justice in Nineteen Sixties Baltimore.

In April, the Maryland Financial Improvement Assn. introduced that “Lady in the Lake” had begun taking pictures within the state and that it might proceed filming “throughout the Baltimore region” till October. In keeping with Deadline, Portman can also be an government producer on the undertaking, co-created by Alma Har’el and Dre Ryan.