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Controversy on Set of Chan Film

March 23, 2001

HONG KONG (AP) _ A car salesman was charged with demanding protection money from a member of a film company shooting kung-fu star Jackie Chan’s latest movie, ``Rush Hour 2.″

The suspect, 30-year-old Lee King-man, was accused in a magistracy on Thursday of demanding $2,307 from Chu Chi-hong, a member of the unidentified film company, the English-language tabloid newspaper iMail reported Friday.

Chu negotiated the amount down to $1,025, the newspaper said. He later informed the police, and Lee was arrested when he arrived to collect the money on Monday.

Lee, who faces one count of blackmail, did not enter a plea. Magistrate Ian Candy refused Lee’s plea for bail and sent him to police custody pending another hearing on April 12, the reports said.

Chan could not be contacted Friday for comment.

The action-comedy, due in theaters this summer, reunites Chan with comedian Chris Tucker. The two co-starred as cops in the original film, which grossed $144 million in 1998.

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