Bill Murray Was Allegedly Suspended From The Set Of “Being Mortal” For Being Too Handsy With Women
Last week, we learned that there was trouble on the set of Aziz Ansari’s directorial debut film, Being Mortal, due to a complaint of “inappropriate behavior.” That’s pretty vague and could literally mean anything. Harassment? Bullying? Picking up a watering hose and pretending it’s a dick to get laughs from the crew? Well, it turned out, we discovered the Who of the situation much quicker than the What, when it was revealed the complaint was lodged against Bill Murray. Now we’re finding out the What, and what 71-year-old Bill allegedly did to get his ass bounced from the set was that he allegedly wouldn’t keep his hands to himself. Color me shocked that it was sexual harassment, and not verbal of a side of physical.
The on-set stories of Bill Murray’s temper are well known by this point, which is why my natural assumption was that Bill might have gotten suspended from Being Mortal for trying to fight Aziz Ansari during a particularly tense take (and of course, because I can’t think of Aziz without picturing Tom Haverford from Parks and Rec, I pictured Bill hissing something like, “You better call your friend Jean Ralphio in for backup, because I’m about to show you the real SnakeJuice“). According to Page Six, it’s reportedly much more simple and more disappointing than that. via Page Six:
Bill Murray was allegedly “touchy” with the women on set of “Being Mortal,” before the shoot was shut down, a source exclusively tells The Post. Filming of the 71-year-old “Saturday Night Live” legend’s movie was suspended last week after a complaint was reportedly filed specifically against the actor, alleging “inappropriate behavior.”
Page Six goes on to say that production was suspended indefinitely on Thursday and that an investigation was launched into Bill’s alleged behavior. As for what allegedly caused the shut-down and subsequent investigation, a source tells Page Six that the description of being “handsy” is pretty on the nose. Bill was allegedly being mortifying on the set of Being Mortal by putting his hands anywhere but in his pockets, and several women reportedly complained about that kind of behavior.
A source told Page Six, “He was very hands-on touchy, not in any personal areas, but put an arm around a woman, touched her hair, pulled her ponytail – but always in a comedic way. “It is a fine line and everybody loves Bill, but while his conduct is not illegal, some women felt uncomfortable and he crossed a line.”
A separate source says that Murray, who is apparently single, “Loves women and loves to flirt, he enjoys poetry and romance, he’s always flirting, but it is always couched in comedy. It isn’t clear if he crossed a line.”
“Everybody loves Bill” might be a bit of a stretch. Right after that quote was published by Page Six, someone in North America likely heard a voice that sounded an awful lot like Chevy Chase, Lucy Liu, Richard Dreyfuss, or Carly Simon’s brother, yelling, “Um, not me!“. Because you don’t have to look very hard to find someone who has had beef with Bill. Even Richard Dreyfuss’ son Ben Dreyfuss reminded everyone of the Bill Murray allegations:
Bill Murray had a meltdown during what about bob because he wanted an extra day off and Laura said no and ripped off her glasses off her face and my dad complained about his behavior and Bill Murray threw an ashtray at him. https://t.co/Ns0h29hki5
— Ben Dreyfuss (@bendreyfuss) April 21, 2022
But this is a different kind of accusation. Was Bill asleep during the last few months of 2017 and the better part of every year that has followed? Because one of the many messages in the #MeToo movement was that it was pretty clear people, and especially women, didn’t want to be non-consensually touched on at work anymore, regardless of how flirty, funny, or single the owner of said hands were. The only time Bill Murray should be putting his hands on anyone is to pull them aside and whisper: “Can I tell you about my dream to work in the Atlanta airport’s P.F. Chang’s?“.