Bill Murray reaches $100,000 private settlement for alleged on-set misconduct: report
Bill Murray reportedly reached a private settlement following his alleged behavior on set. According to a report published by Puck On Monday, the 72-year-old actor reached a settlement of more than $100,000 with the « much younger woman » who worked on « Being Mortal », the directorial debut by Anzi Ansari who reportedly halted production in April after the alleged incident between the actor and production worker.
ET has reached out to Murray for comment.
According to the outlet, which cited multiple sources, the on-set incident allegedly happened after Murray believed production staff — who were allegedly not his co-star, Keke Palmer – was flirting with him. When Murray and the woman were near a bed that was part of the production, Murray allegedly started kissing her body and riding her, according to the outlet.
The woman alleged that when she couldn’t move because Murray was carrying it off, he kissed her on the lips, despite both of them wearing masks, according to the outlet. Murray claimed the moment was « pleasant, » according to the outlet, but the woman « interpreted his actions as entirely sexual » and was « horrified. » The woman in question and a second staff member who witnessed the alleged encounter filed a complaint, according to the outlet.
Murray previously addressed the alleged incident during a May interview with CNBC.
« I had a difference of opinion with a woman I work with, » he said. « I did something that I thought was funny and it wasn’t taken that way. The company, the movie studio, wanted to do the right thing. They wanted to check everything and investigate, so they stopped production.
« Right now we’re talking and trying to make peace with each other, » Murray continued. « I think that’s where the real problem lies, we’re both professionals, we love each other’s work. We like each other. I think if we can’t really get along and trust each other, there’s no point in going any further by working together or making a movie as well.
A source close to the actor told the outlet that Murray « felt miserable » after production halted and « resolved to remedy the situation » with mediation. The staffer also wanted to complete the film, according to the outlet, and the private settlement was eventually reached.
As part of the settlement, sources told the outlet, the staffer agreed to maintain confidentiality and waived any legal claims she may have against the film’s producers. Still, the film has yet to resume production and its future remains uncertain, according to the outlet.
In his May interview, Murray said he was « very optimistic » about the resumption of production on the film, adding, « What would make me happiest would be to put my boots on and both of us to go back to the job and that we can trust you and work at the job that we both spent a lot of time developing our skills for.
News of Murray’s alleged settlement comes after the actor has previously been accused of « negative experiences » and « harassment » on set.
Fellow actress Geena Davis detailed her work with Murray in her memoir, die of politeness. David claimed that on the set of their 1990 film « Quick Change » Murray yelled at her both privately and in front of the crew and allegedly used a massager on her without her consent.
Lucy Liu, who worked with Murray on « Charlie’s Angels, » addressed her co-star’s behavior on the Los Angeles Times« Asian Enough » podcast in 2021. Liu claimed that Murray hurled insults at him and that his language was « inexcusable and unacceptable ».