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Michael Bay

AC Attacker

Was an Extortionist!

10/18/2013 6:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Michael Bay
just told TMZ ... the man who attacked him with an air conditioner was an extortionist who vowed to torpedo "Transformers 4" unless Bay paid him off.

Bay told us on "TMZ Live" that he was shooting in a Hong Kong neighborhood earlier in the week and had paid various businesses on the surrounding streets money in return for shutting down during the shoot.  One dude held out, and, according to Bay, set out to ruin the shoot by turning on an electric saw and making other noises when the cameras were rolling.

Bay says the guy -- who he's convinced was on drugs -- came at him with the air conditioning unit. 

The way he tells it ... very entertaining.

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9 COMMENTS

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1.

nyc44th    

maybe this will frighten him into stop making those over blown, bloated, CGI overdosed terrible films he makes! :)

372 days ago
2.

namers    

"KEEP THEM CAMERAS ROLLING!"

372 days ago
3.

CelebrityScum    

The attacker probably sat through the Bay epic Pearl Harbor before he went nutso.

372 days ago
4.

James R. - Los Angeles    

Get over it Bay, you poor excuse for a "director".

372 days ago
5.

bfs    

guy's a douche. arrogant twit....

372 days ago
6.

NOT ELMO    

he was shooting in a Hong Kong neighborhood...................WHY ARE YOU FILMING IN CRAZY COUNTRIES, FILM HERE IN USA

372 days ago
7.

NOT ELMO    

I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE TRANSFORMERS 4 AGE OF EXTINCTION IN 3D

372 days ago
8.

bunnies    

Scraping the bottle of that barrel with this story, eh?

372 days ago

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