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Alfonso Cuaron Movie Crew Attacked, Robbed in Mexico City

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Members of Alfonso Cuaron's movie crew in Mexico City were attacked and robbed Tuesday as they tried to film a scene. (GDA via AP Images)

By    |   Friday, 04 Nov 2016 04:03 PM

A movie crew for Alfonso Cuaron, the Oscar-winning director of "Gravity," was attacked and robbed in Mexico City on Tuesday while trying to shoot a scene for Cuaron's latest movie.

El Cuyul, the studio producing the film, reported the robbers hit two women and stole cell phones, wallets, and jewelry during the incident. Five crew members had to be hospitalized as a result, according to CNN.

The movie crew was attacked by city workers from Cuauhtemoc, a borough of Mexico City, who refused to listen to the crew’s statements that they had the proper permits to shoot there, CNN said. The city workers started removing the crew’s cones, and violence began to break out when the crew and city workers disagreed about whether the crew had the right to be there.

Local Mexican police have tried to downplay the incident, calling it a brawl and insisting that no assault took place. Security camera video backed up the film crew’s version of events, however, and Mexico City’s attorney general’s office released a statement supporting the film crew’s claims. “The victims were the object of physical and verbal attacks, and some of them even had personal items taken away,” the statement read, CNN reported.

The film crew made a statement that expressed gratitude for the response of the district and for its support and promise to compensate them for the items stolen.

Cuaron has not shot a film in Mexico for 15 years, according to Variety. His latest project is untitled and follows a middle class family in 1970s Mexico City. Cuaron was not on location during the incident, Variety notes.

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