From “secular saint” to Hollywood pariah, Bill Murray’s #metoo troubles continue to mount as leading ladies weigh in on his long-running inappropriate on-set behavior.
Following the shutdown of Aziz Ansari’s “Being Mortal” while studio heads investigate allegations that the “Ghostbusters” actor sexually harassed a staffer resulting in $100,000 payout, leading lady Geena Davis said the beloved funnyman once introduced himself with an unsolicited massage.
During a press tour promoting her new book “Dying of Politeness,” Davis recounted meeting Murray for the first time in a hotel suite where the “Groundhog Day” actor insisted on using a massage device he called “the thumper” on Davis despite her repeated refusal.
Murray “placed the thing on my back for a total of about two seconds,” the 66 -year-old actress said. “I said ‘no’ multiple times, but he wouldn’t relent.”
The “Caddyshack” actor and “Beetlejuice” actress met as Davis was under consideration for the role of Phyllis Potter in “Quick Change.”
“That was bad,” Davis said. “The way he behaved at the first meeting… I should have walked out of that or profoundly defended myself, in which case I wouldn’t have got the part.”
Davis went on to discuss Murray’s continued harassment of her following casting, claiming Murray screamed at and berated her for being late in front of cast and crew members though she was delayed by wardrobe.
“I figure it’s sort of rather universally known that he could be difficult to work with,” Davis said. “And so I don’t feel like I’m busting him in a way that will necessarily shock him. I think he knows very well the way he can behave.”
Murray recently made headlines when it was reported that the funnyman’s latest movie was shut down due to inappropriate behavior.
“The April incident on the set of the $20 million movie – controversial comedian Aziz Ansari’s directorial debut – caused Disney to shut down production, and there’s no indication as to whether the movie will ever be completed,” the Daily Mail reported.
Murray reportedly straddled an unidentified staffer, held her down with his body, and kissed her while wearing a face mask.
The 72-year-old comedian claims he thought the staffer was flirting with him and he was simply trying to be funny when he pushed her onto a prop bed and began kissing her body as he straddled her in front of witnesses.
Following mediation with his accuser, Murray wrote a $100,000 check and demanded complete confidentiality in a non-disclosure agreement.
“I did something I thought was funny, and it wasn’t taken that way,” Murray told CNBC. “As of now we are talking and we are trying to make peace with each other. We are 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 world’s different than it was when I was a little kid. Things change, times change.”
Murray hoped the settlement would allow for the continuation of production but that has not happened and it appears the movie costarring Seth Rogan will be canceled completely.
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