Bill Murray Will Reportedly Pay $100,000 To The Woman Who Complained About His Behavior On The Set Of Aziz Ansari’s “Being Mortal”

October 11, 2022 / Posted by:

There’s a reason why they say never meet your heroes and I’m going to bet that Aziz Ansari is intimately familiar with that reason. Aziz, unfortunately, took a shit on that advice and even took things a step further by hiring Bill Murray to star in his directorial debut, Being Mortal. Back in April, Bill repaid Aziz for his mistake by getting the entire production shut down after a female employee accused Bill of inappropriate conduct and an internal investigation was launched. Initially, it was reported that Bill was being “very hands-on touchy,” and that he had touched and pulled the woman’s hair, all of which Bill later chalked up to a “difference of opinion, with him being of the opinion that he was just being the same lovable goof he’s always been, and her, obviously, being of the opposite and correct opinion.

At least that’s the opinion of the roomful of lawyers who told Bill to pay the woman, who was NOT his co-star Keke Palmer, baby, but an unnamed female staff member, more than $100,000. Turns out Bill wasn’t just allegedly up to the juvenile schoolyard antics of a hyperactive third-grader with the hair-pulling; he was also allegedly up to the juvenile schoolyard antics of an over-indulged septuagenarian letch who was “kissing” and “straddling” his victim against her will. According to Page Six:

The details of Bill Murray’s “inappropriate conduct” on the set of Aziz Ansari’s “Being Mortal” – which resulted in the production being shut down – have been revealed.

Page Six broke the news in April that a staffer filed a complaint against Murray for being “hands-on touchy” with female staff, but now a new report claims the “Saturday Night Live” alum was “kissing” and “straddling” the alleged victim.

Murray, 72, allegedly began “kissing” the “much younger” staffer’s body and “straddling” her, according to Puck, and she claimed she was unable to move because of his weight.

Witnesses claimed to the outlet that the “Caddyshack” star tried to kiss the woman, but they were both wearing masks.

The Wrap adds:

Murray, 72, had become “particularly friendly” with a much younger woman on the production staff — not actress Kate Palmer, as some speculated — and believed she was flirting with him, the report said. At one point, when they were near a bed that was used on the set, Murray started kissing her body and straddling her, Puck revealed.

Hey, maybe Bill just got his scripts mixed up and thought he was shooting a live-action Pepé Le Pew feature? Initially, Bill allegedly tried to defend himself by saying he was just being “playful,” but she “interpreted his actions as entirely ‘sexual’ and was ‘horrified’.” Now, Bill’s accountant is probably the one who’s the most horrified.

The woman and Murray ultimately reached a settlement that included a non-disclosure agreement and also had Murray pay her more than $100,000, according to Puck. The woman also allegedly waived her rights to any legal action she may have been able to bring against Searchlight and Disney.

It’s unclear when, or even if, Being Mortal will go back into production. Deadline reports that approximately half of the film had been shot when it was shut down in April, and Rolling Stone says it “may need a new studio home before it can be completed.” Not sure if Bill will be invited back or if they’re just going to re-shot his scenes using an actual 12-year-old boy who already knows the difference between right and wrong and to keep his hands to himself. It took Bill sixty-odd years and $100,000 to learn, as he said in May, that “the world is different than it was when I was a little kid.” Just wait until he finds out we’ve been to the moon! It’s gonna blow his wittle mind.

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