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Brothers jailed in Transformers row

Two brothers who disrupted production of Transformers: Age Of Extinction, starring Mark Wahlberg, have been sent to prison in Hong Kong.

Mak Chi-shing and Mak Chi-hang attempted to blackmail 100,000 HK dollars (around £7,800) from the production by claiming that the fourth instalment of the hit franchise was an inconvenience.

They refused to close their air conditioner repair shop or turn down loud music in October when shooting was about to start on a scene, and had agreed to compensation of 1,000 HK dollars (nearly £78) but demanded more money on the day of filming. The pair then created a disturbance when the fee was refused, reported Variety.

Chi-shing was jailed for two-and-a-half years after being found guilty of attempted blackmail and the additional charge of trying to hit director Michael Bay in the face with an air conditioner, while his sibling was given a six-week sentence for resisting police arrest.

Their lawyer said the two men grew up in harsh family conditions and the younger brother had slit his wrist at one point in a suspected suicide attempt, but the prosecutor said the case had attracted a great deal of media attention and affected Hong Kong's image.

Director Michael sustained minor injuries to his face but did not seek treatment or press charges.

Mark takes over from Shia LaBeouf to star in Transformers 4, alongside Kelsey Grammer and Stanley Tucci. The film will be released later this year.

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