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Camorra gangsters busted for extorting Gomorra TV series

Allegedly tried to extort location money from Cattleya prodco

(ANSA) - Torre Annunziata, July 17 - Police on Thursday arrested three alleged members of the Camorra mafia on suspicion of extorting money from a film company shooting the Gomorra TV series, which is about the trio's own Neapolitan crime clan.
    Cattleya production company was forced to pay 6,000 euros more than originally agreed to in order to shoot inside a flat belonging to a relative of Camorra clan chief Francesco Gallo in the crime-infested Naples suburb of Torre Annunziata, police sources said.
    The Gomorra series is a spin-off from the cinema adaptation of anti-mafia writer Roberto Saviano's best-selling book about the Camorra mob, which earned the author numerous death threats and a life under police protection.
    Prosecutors also placed Cattleya's location manager Gennaro Aquino and producers Gianluca Arcopinto and Matteo De Laurentiis under investigation on suspicion of hushing up the extortion and tipping the suspects off to their imminent arrests. Aquino is also being investigated for attempting to bribe three policemen to shut down a street so filming could take place. Prosecutors charge he offered them 300 euros.
    Cattleya denied being extorted.
    "We are not aware of any excess payments made," the production company said in a statement.


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