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‘Lady in the Lake’ shoot rescheduled after driver in crew threatened; production to continue in Baltimore with increased security measures

A driver on the production crew of a TV series based on a bestselling novel by local author Laura Lippman stopped a downtown film shoot Friday afternoon after receiving a threat of violence, according to the Baltimore Police Department.

During production of the series “Lady in the Lake” in the 200 block of Park Avenue, people in the area threatened producers “that if they didn’t cease production, they would come back later” and shoot someone, police spokeswoman Det. Niki Fennoy said in an email to The Baltimore Sun.

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The people “then told the producers that if they paid them, they would allow the production to continue,” Fennoy said, adding later that the amount was $50,000.

The incident occurred at about 4 p.m. Producers “decided to err on the side of caution and reschedule the shoot after they found another location,” Fennoy said in the email.

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Sharon Liggins, a spokesperson for Endeavor Content, the studio producing “Lady in the Lake,” said in a statement Monday that two men confronted a driver on the production crew before the cast and crew arrived for their call time. One of the two men “brandished a gun directed at our driver, and then they fled the location,” Liggins said. No one was injured.

The production will continue on schedule with increased security measures, Liggins said.

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“It has been a privilege filming ‘Lady in the Lake’ in Baltimore, working with its vibrant community across many areas. Our thanks and appreciation to the City of Baltimore, Mayor Brandon M. Scott, the Baltimore Film Office, Maryland Film Office and the Baltimore Police Department for their incredible support as we continue production in the great City of Baltimore and surrounding communities,” she said.

The Baltimore Banner first reported the incident.

The AppleTV+ series takes place in Baltimore in 1966 and stars Natalie Portman and Moses Ingram. Filming began in April and is expected to continue until October.

In it, “an unsolved murder pushes a housewife and mother to reinvent herself as an investigative journalist and sets her on a collision course with a hard-working woman juggling motherhood, many jobs, and a passionate commitment to advancing Baltimore’s Black progressive agenda,” reads a description of the series from the Maryland Department of Commerce.

The commerce department in April issued a news release highlighting the “significant economic impact” the series would have on Maryland.

Lippman, who is a former Sun reporter, could not be reached for comment.

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Baltimore Sun reporters Mary Carole McCauley and Lilly Price contributed to this article.


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