Report: Bill Murray kissed, straddled ‘Being Mortal’ staffer

Bill Murray reportedly kissed and rode a “much younger” female crew member on the set of the movie “Being Mortal,” which was canceled in April following a complaint against the film star.

According to a Monday report by Puck’s Eriq Gardner, the 72-year-old actor and a production staffer with whom he was “particularly friendly” were in close proximity to a bed that was part of the production when Murray began kissing the woman and settled on it to put bodywork.

The unidentified woman reportedly said she could not move against the weight of Murray, who also allegedly kissed her on the mouth while they both wore masks in accordance with COVID-19 protocols. After the incident, the woman reportedly filed a complaint against Murray – as did another employee who witnessed the alleged assault.

Puck reports that, contrary to speculation, the woman was not Keke Palmer.

Although Gardner described Murray’s behavior as “perhaps an unclear piece of physical comedy” — albeit “one that was unheralded” — the woman was reportedly “appalled” and “interpreted his actions as entirely sexual.” After parent studio Disney investigated the complaint, Searchlight Pictures reportedly informed the cast and crew that production of “Being Mortal” was being suspended without disclosing what happened.

According to Puck, Murray and his accuser eventually reached a settlement in which the Ghostbusters star paid the woman more than $100,000 and the woman agreed not to pursue any legal claims against the producers of Being Mortal, including Disney and Searchlight make.

Murray and Searchlight officials did not immediately respond to Times requests for comment Tuesday.

In an April interview with CNBC, Murray viewed the situation as a “difference of opinion” with a woman on set and was “optimistic” that he and his accuser could “make peace with each other.”

“I did something that I thought was funny and it wasn’t received that way,” Murray told CNBC. “The film studio wanted to do the right thing, so they wanted to investigate, and so they stopped production.

“We’re both professionals,” he added. “We like each other’s work. We like each other I think and if you can’t really understand and trust each other then there’s no point in continuing to work together or even making a film. … So let’s talk about it.”

Murray was set to appear in Being Mortal alongside Palmer, Seth Rogen and Aziz Ansari. The film adaptation of Atul Gawande’s non-fiction book Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End would be comedian-actor Ansari’s directorial debut.

Although Searchlight initially expressed hope that production on Being Mortal would resume, Disney has reportedly allowed Ansari to buy the film from other studios that have yet to make any offers. The cinema release was originally planned for 2023.

“It was quite an education for me,” Murray said of April’s episode of Being Mortal.

“What I always found funny as a little kid isn’t necessarily the same as what’s funny now. Things change and times change, so it’s important for me to find out. And I think the most important thing is that it’s what’s best for the other person. I’ve thought about it, and if it’s not for the other person’s best, it doesn’t matter what happens to me.”

Puck released his account a day before actress Geena Davis published her memoir, Dying of Politeness, in which she accused Murray of verbally abusing her on the set of her 1990 film, Quick Change.

“There were easily over 300 people there — and Murray was still yelling at me for all to see and hear,” Davis writes in her book, according to People Magazine.

The Thelma & Louise star also claims in her memoir that Murray “insisted” on using a massager on her when they first met in a hotel room. She claims Murray placed the device on her back “for a total of about two seconds.”

“I’ve said no several times, but he hasn’t let up,” Davis writes. “I would have had to yell at him and make a scene if I wanted to get him to stop trying to force me; The other men in the room did nothing to stop it. I realized with a deep sadness that I couldn’t withstand the onslaught just yet – or just walk out.”

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