Apple+ Series “Lady in the Lake” Forced to Halt Production Due to Threats of Extortion

A Baltimore-based Apple TV+ series’ filming was halted on Friday when multiple individuals allegedly tried to extort money from the creators and intimidated them, according to Baltimore police.

The team was filming in the downtown area at 4 PM, according to a spokeswoman for the Baltimore Police Department, when numerous persons approached the filmmakers. Police said the gang threatened to return and shoot someone if they didn’t stop recording.

However, they said that if they were paid an unknown sum, there wouldn’t be any violence. Filming was halted as producers looked for a new location. Drug traffickers reportedly tried to extort $50,000 from the production, but the producers refused to pay, according to the local news source The Baltimore Banner.

A driver on our production team was challenged by two males on the Lady in the Lake set in Baltimore on Friday afternoon before the cast and crew arrived as scheduled. One of the individuals pointed a pistol at our driver before the men fled the scene.

The production company for the series, Endeavor Content, released a statement late Sunday saying, “We are cooperating with the Baltimore Police Department while the investigation is continuing. “We are grateful that no one was hurt since the safety and security of our staff, cast, and everyone else involved in our shows is our first priority. With additional security measures moving ahead, production will restart.

The statement said, “Working with Baltimore’s dynamic community across various regions has been a delight as we filmed ‘Lady in the Lake’ there. We want to express our gratitude to the City of Baltimore, Mayor Brandon M. Scott, the Baltimore Film Office, Maryland Film Office, and the Baltimore Police Department for all of their help as we continue filming in the wonderful city of Baltimore and its neighbouring neighbourhoods.

Natalie Portman is the star of the Apple+ series, which has been filming in Baltimore for a while.

Moses Ingram, a native of Baltimore who most recently made an appearance in the Obi-Wan Kenobi series, also appears in the series, which is based on a book written by former Baltimore Sun writer and novelist Laura Lippman.

In the 1960s Baltimore setting of Lady in the Lake, an unsolved murder forces a mother and homemaker to reinvent herself as an investigative journalist. It puts her “on a collision path with a hard-working lady juggling family, many jobs, and a deep devotion to pushing Baltimore’s Black progressive agenda.

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