‘Street vendor’ behind Portman series pausing production

‘Street vendor’ behind Portman series pausing production

An alleged extortion attempt that shut down the Baltimore set of “Lady in the Lake,” Apple TV+’s limited series starring Natalie Portman, was full of plot holes.

The Baltimore Banner and other news outlets reported on Sunday that a group of drug dealers had allegedly threatened to fire on the film set in downtown Baltimore unless they were paid $45,000 by producers. This caused production to be shut down for the day on Friday.

Endeavor Content, the limited series’ production company, also released on Friday a statement saying a driver on set was confronted by two men brandishing a gun at him.

Reality turned out to be far less dramatic than was reported.

It was revealed Wednesday that further investigations carried out by the Baltimore police using CCTV camera footage showed only a local street vendor speaking with a crew member on set.

Keith L. Brown, 43, who on Monday was arrested on narcotics charges, told authorities that on Friday, he had been speaking with a member of the crew and a security manager to square away paperwork to get the money owed.

According to a police statement obtained by the Daily News, Brown “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,” No firearm was mentioned in the report.

The confusion regarding the initial report of an extortion attempt came about from a secondhand account made by the location manager. Upon questioning by the police, the location manager who is unnamed in the report, later retracted his statement and said that he did not see a gun but that “one of the drivers [had] seen the gun.”

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The incident is still under investigation, according to police.

Based on the novel of the same name by Baltimore Sun alum Laura Lippman, the 1960s-set series centers on Portman’s Jewish housewife Maddie Schwartz, who tries “to reinvent herself as an investigative journalist” in an attempt to uncover answers in the murder of a Black civil rights activist.

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