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.
ATTACKED By Crazy Dude
Wielding Air Conditioner
10/17/2013 9:48 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Famed director Michael Bay almost got clobbered by what appears to be a drugged out crazy who swung an air conditioner at his head on the set of "Transformers 4."
The incident occurred today in Hong Kong. The attacker somehow made it on the set, accosted several members and then set his sights on Bay. When Bay realized what was up, he saw the crazy man swinging an air conditioner right at his noggin.
Bay then wrestled the unit out of the attacker's hands and security quickly subdued him.
There are reports out that Bay was injured by 2 men on the set -- untrue.
'I Always Wanted a Boy'
8/12/2013 9:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Josh Duhamel is having a little BOY ... and he's totally psyched about it -- telling TMZ, "It's gonna be fun to teach him what I know."
Duhamel's wife Fergie is due next month -- and at LAX this weekend, the "Transformers" star told us how pumped he is that the ultrasound showed boy parts.
During the convo, our photog had an honest moment -- telling Josh he's nervous about having children because he's scared to death to have a girl ... with the dating and the makeup and the whathaveyou.
Josh told the photog he feels his pain -- explaining, "I have 3 sisters. It wasn't fun as an older brother."
So, what's easier -- raising a boy or raising a girl? Someone's gotta have the answer ...
Fire Breaks Out On Set
100-Year-Old House Damaged
6/12/2013 2:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A fire broke out on the Texas set of "Transformers 4" ... causing major damage to a 100-year-old home ... and officials believe it may have been caused by movie pyrotechnics.
A rep for the Pflugerville Fire Department tells us ... the fire started in the attic ... but emergency responders sprung into action and were able to extinguish the blaze before it had a chance to damage the rest of the home.
Unfortunately, the FD says the attic suffered "substantial damage."
The rep says, "There was one injury to a civilian who was transported to the hospital by Austin Travis County EMS. We have no other information on this person or their injury. "
We're told ... officials believe burning embers from pyrotechnics may have caused the blaze, but they're not sure at this point.
So far, the fire is being ruled as "accidental."
The FD says the home has been released back to the homeowner.
Failed 'Idol' Transformer Guy -- I Want a Do Over!
2/12/2011 6:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Drew Beaumier -- the guy who blew his "American Idol" audition Wednesday night while dressed in a ridiculous Transformer costume -- is begging for a chance to redeem himself ... and we have the video!
He's actually not that bad -- but the best part of the video ain't his singing ... it's his incredible collection of fully-functional Transformers outfits.
The guy is definitely more than meets the eye.
'Transformers 3' Victim's Tab -- $350k ... and Rising
10/28/2010 8:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Medical bills are rolling in for the "Transformers 3" extra who was brain-damaged on set -- and the early total is more than $350,000 ... an astronomical tab Paramount Studios says it will foot.
Gabriela Cedillo's attorney Todd Smith tells us the 350k only covers her initial month-long hospital stay -- and does not include other costs like an airlift, ambulance rides, and the rehab facility where Gabriela is now.
Gabriela was partially paralyzed when a stunt went horribly wrong back in September.
Paramount -- which is producing "Transformers 3" -- has said it will pay for Gabriela's medical expenses.
Family Rips 'Transformers' Investigation - 'Ridiculous'
10/13/2010 5:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The family of the woman partially paralyzed on the set of "Transformers 3" is blasting the government agency that cleared producers of any wrongdoing ... claiming their findings are "ridiculous."
In a statement issued today, the family of 24-year-old Gabriela Cedillo said they were "deeply saddened and disappointed" that the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration cleared Paramount simply because they used a licensed welder to set up a vehicular stunt on Sept. 1.
The family claims, "The mere fact that the welding was performed by a 'certified welder' ... does not in any way suggest that the weld was performed properly." The family continues, "In fact the evidence is clear that it was done in a slip-shod fashion."
The statement concludes, "It is completely irresponsible for even a local government bureaucrat to rush to such sloppy conclusions."
Producers Cleared in Horrific 'Transformers 3' Crash
10/13/2010 7:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Transformers 3" producers are not to blame for the terrible on-set car crash that left one female extra partially paralyzed ... this according to state investigators.
A rep for the Indiana Occupation Safety and Health Administration tells TMZ ... an investigation into the September 1 accident -- in which a tow cable snapped and sliced through Gabriela Cedillo's skull -- concluded that producers operated by the book in coordinating the fateful stunt.
Instead, IOSHA tells TMZ the accident occurred "due to the failure of a weld connecting a car to a cable. The weld was made by a certified welder and all necessary safety precautions were in place."
The IOSHA rep added, "No citations or fines will be issued. This was an unfortunate and unforeseeable accident."
As we previously reported, Cedillo -- who is now paralyzed on the left side of her body -- filed a negligence lawsuit against Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks earlier this month.
Another Unscripted Car Crash on 'Transformers 3' Set
10/11/2010 4:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
There was more trouble on the Washington D.C. set of "Transformers 3" today -- when a cop car drove through the movie's perimeter and collided with one of the movie's main stars ... bright yellow Autobot Bumblebee!
A nearby shop owner tells TMZ there was a lot of police activity in the area right at the time of the accident due to a bomb scare. It is unclear if the cop car involved in the accident was part of that investigation.
UPDATE: D.C. police tell TMZ the cop car involved was part of the Explosives Ordinances Division. We're told the cop driving was taken to a nearby hospital.
'Transformers 3' -- Extra Injured in Botched Stunt
9/2/2010 11:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A 24-year-old female extra was "seriously injured" on the Indiana set of "Transformers 3" yesterday after a car stunt went terribly wrong.
Officials say the accident happened during a driving scene ... when an object went through the windshield of a car, hitting the driver.
An extra on the set described the accident to WLS-TV ... saying, "The vehicle was being towed by another vehicle ... the cable between the two vehicles broke. It whipped around and sliced through the woman's car and sliced through her skull, apparently. "
Cops have confirmed ... "The equipment pertaining to the stunt was impounded by the Indiana State Police."
The victim was airlifted to a local hospital. We're told she's currently in critical condition.
L.A. Laker Stung by $50,000 Bumblebee
10/28/2009 1:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lakers center Andrew Bynum bought himself a special present earlier this month just in time for his birthday -- a $50,000 tricked out Chevy Camaro modeled after the character Bumblebee from "Transformers."
We're told Andrew -- who turned 22 yesterday -- walked into Felix Chevrolet-Cadillac in Los Angeles and bought the Camaro 2SS V8 with all the trimmings, including a special customized body kit and yellow paint job with black racing stripes ... just like Shia LaBeouf's BFF Bumblebee in the Transformers movie.
But Andrew wasn't feeling Bumblebee's silver rims -- we hear he sprung for a set of shiny new black ones instead.
9/29/2009 12:33 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Megan Fox -- who once compared the director who helped launch her career to Hitler -- may be overrated, according to a non-TMZ photog.
Brian Austin Green had enough after the dude asked Megan, "What do you think about the ratings for 'Jennifer's Body'?"
Man Ripped for
6/24/2009 11:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Getting a shot of Megan Fox can be a serious pain in the butt -- and one super-intrusive paparazzi learned it the hard way Monday night in Hollywood.
While chowing down with Shia LaBeouf after the "Transformers 2" premiere, one dude ran into the restaurant, bum rushed their table, snapped a pic and booked it. Only problem: Their bodyguard was faster.
Security chased the D-bag down and used the atomic-wedgie technique to keep him from escaping. All while Shia and Megan got a laugh at the moron's expense.