A new report gives more information about how Bill Murray is said to have treated a female crew member on the set of the movie Being Mortal.
Multiple sources told Puck, which published the story on Monday, that Murray settled with the unnamed staffer for just over $100,000 after she accused him of sexual misconduct in April on the set of the upcoming Aziz Ansari movie.
The report says that the accuser is a “much younger woman,” but it doesn’t say that it’s Murray’s co-star Keke Palmer. It also says that Murray thought that she “had been flirting with him.”
“So at one moment when the two were in close proximity near a bed that was part of the production, Murray started kissing her body and straddling her,” the report reads. “It was perhaps an unclear bit of physical comedy, but one that was unannounced.”
The woman complained that “she couldn’t move because [Murray] outweighed her,” as stated in the Puck report.
“Then, he kissed her on the mouth, although when he did so, both Murray and the woman were wearing masks, owing to COVID protocols,” the report claimed. “Murray later said that he was just being jestful, but the woman interpreted his actions as entirely sexual. She was horrified.”
Puck says that a second staff member who saw what happened also filed a report. The cast and crew were told that the production would be put on hold, but they were not told why.
A source quoted in the report said that Murray “felt miserable,” not just because of what he thought was a misunderstanding but also because of how one moment caused his coworkers to basically lose their jobs. According to the report, as part of the deal, both parties “agreed to maintain confidentiality.”
Late in April, Murray went on CNBC from the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholders meeting and said he “had a difference of opinion” with a woman working on Being Mortal. “I did something I thought was funny, and it wasn’t taken that way,” he said of his behaviour on the set of the film, which costars Ansari, 39, Palmer, 29 and Seth Rogen.
His comments came a week after Searchlight stopped making the movie while they looked into what happened and decided if Murray would come back to the project.
“As of now, we’re talking and we’re trying to make peace with each other. I think that’s where the real issue is, between our peace,” Murray said at the time. “We’re both professionals, we like each others’ work. … We like each other, I think, and if we can’t really get along and trust each other, there’s no point in going further working together or making the movie as well. It’s been quite an education for me.”
The Ghostbusters actor said that in the past few weeks, he hadn’t done much else but think about it. “We’re talking about it. I think we’re going to make peace with it, I’m very optimistic about that,” he added. “I think it’s a sad dog that can’t learn anymore. I think that’s a really sad puppy that can’t learn anymore. I don’t want to be that sad dog and I have no intention of it.”
“What would make me the happiest would be to put my boots on and for both of us to go back into work and be able to trust each other and work at the work that we’ve both spent a lot of time developing the skill of,” Murray added. “And hopefully do something that’s good for more than just the two of us, but for a whole crew of people, the movie makers and the movie studio as well.”
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