'Kong: Skull Island' director hospitalized after argument in Saigon club

Kong: Skull Island director Jordan Vogt-Roberts has been hospitalized after being involved in a fight inside a club in Ho Chi Minh City, local police confirmed on Monday.
Film director Jordan Vogt-Roberts is seen in Vietnam's Quang Binh Province in this file photo.

The American filmmaker said in a petition to the U.S. Embassy in Vietnam that he was assaulted at the XOXO Club & Lounge on Le Thi Hong Gam Street in Nguyen Thai Binh Ward, District 1 at 2:15 am on Saturday.

Nguyen Thai Binh police said at 3:00 pm on Monday that they had been briefed on Vogt-Roberts’ complaint, adding that the filmmaker had been taken to a hospital in District 1.

District 1 police confirmed that at 2:15 am on Saturday, two groups of foreigners and overseas Vietnamese were involved in a fight at the XOXO and one foreigner was hospitalized following the incident.

Officers said they are working with relevant agencies, conducting a site inspection and will summon the individuals involved for investigation.

Jordan Vogt-Roberts touched down in Vietnam last week to attend the 2017 VTV Awards in Hanoi on Thursday night.

He then left for Ho Chi Minh City to attend the ITE HCMC 2017 international travel expo over the weekend.

Vogt-Roberts became well known in Vietnam after the March release of Kong: Skull Island, which filmed in three areas of the Southeast Asian country.

The U.S. citizen was even chosen as the country’s tourism ambassador for the 2017-20 tenure by the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism.

Late on Monday, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism sent a dispatch to the Ho Chi Minh City administration concerning the assault of the ‘tourism ambassador.'

The document, signed by Deputy Minister Huynh Vinh Ai, underlined that Vogt-Roberts has been actively working to promote Vietnam to fulfill his role as an ambassador.

He has invited famous Hollywood names to Vietnam to study its landscapes, introducing the country’s natural beauty to the world’s cameramen as well as filmed promotional videos for Vietnam, according to a dispatch obtained by Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper.

The ministry said Vogt-Roberts had also traveled to Vietnam on his own money to attend both events in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

The tourism ministry has thus suggested that the Ho Chi Minh City administration task the relevant agencies with investigating and handling the assault on Jordan Vogt-Roberts and sending people to visit him at the FV Hospital.

Starring Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, and Brie Larson, Kong: Skull Island racked up US$538.4 million in theaters against a budget of $185 million as of April 15, according to box office-tracking site Box Office Mojo.

Director Vogt-Roberts revealed in an interview in March that he “had a plan in mind” to resettle in Ho Chi Minh City, where he will be working on a personal film project.
By Tuoi Tre