Bill Murray was 'hands-on touchy with women' on movie set before complaint halted filming, insiders claim

BILL Murray is facing claims he was "touchy" with women while shooting his upcoming flick Being Mortal.

The project was suspended indefinitely earlier this week after a complaint was filed against the actor, alleging "inappropriate behavior".


Production was temporarily halted on Monday while an investigation takes place.

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.”

Another source told the publication: “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.”

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It is believed Murray is currently single.

The cast and crew were told about production being suspended Wednesday evening in a letter sent out by the studio, Searchlight Pictures, per Deadline.

"After reviewing the circumstances, it has been decided that production cannot continue at this time,” Searchlight Pictures wrote in the letter.

“We are truly grateful to all of you for everything you’ve put into this project.”

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Seth Rogen and Aziz Ansari – who is starring, writing and making his directorial debut – were not a part of the complaint, Deadline reported citing sources.

Ansari faced his own professional woes when a woman accused him of sexual misconduct after they went on a date.

She claimed he pressured her for penetrative sex in ways that went from annoying to disrespectful.

Aziz issued this public statement about the accusations, saying he was "surprised and concerned" when she text him the next day and learned they viewed the interaction differently.

He said: "I took her words to heart and responded privately after taking the time to process what she had said. I continue to support the movement that is happening in our culture. It is necessary and long overdue."

His film is based on a nonfiction book and it was planned to be released in 2023 – it's unknown if the suspension will affect the timeline.

MURRAY 'MELTDOWN'

It comes as Richard Dreyfuss’ son, Ben, claimed on Twitter that the Walt Disney Co. hired bodyguards to ensure the safety of the cast and crew of his dad's megahit 1991 comedy 'What About Bob?'

On Thursday he alleged Murray "had a meltdown" after he was denied an extra day off by producer Laura Ziskin.

Ben Dreyfuss, 35, alleged Murray “ripped off her glasses off her face and my dad complained about his behavior and Bill Murray threw an ashtray at him".

He said: “Everyone walked off the production and flew back to LA and it only resumed after Disney hired some bodyguards to physically separate my dad and Bill Murray in between takes."

The allegation about the ashtray had been aired previously when the elder Dreyfuss called Murray a "drunken bully" in 2009.

He said: “He put his face next to me, nose-to-nose, and he screamed at the top of his lungs, ‘Everyone hates you! You are tolerated!’

“There was no time to react because he leaned back and he took a modern glass-blown ashtray, he threw it at my face from [only a couple feet away]. And it weighed about three-quarters of a pound. And he missed me. He tried to hit me. I got up and left.”

HOLLYWOOD SUCCESS

Murray is most famously known as an American actor, comedian, and writer, appearing in praised works such as Groundhog Day, Ghostbusters, The Jungle Book and Lost In Translation.

Bill Murray's stepped into the spotlight as a comedian on Saturday Night Live when he joined the cast in its second-ever season.

In 1977 and earned a Primetime Emmy Award for his writing on the show.

He went on to land roles in comedies like Meatballs, Caddyshack, and Stripes, before landing a role in Ghostbusters, which ended up being one of the highest-grossing films of the 80s.

Following a flop of the release of The Razor's Edge in 1984, Murray took some time off from acting to study philosophy and history at the Sorbonne University in Paris, then returned in 1988 to star in Scrooged, and Ghostbusters II in 1989.

The 90s brought with them a more serious and thoughtful side of Murray, including roles in Ed Wood and Rushmore.

In 2003, Murray played a washed-up American actor visiting Japan in Lost in Translation.

This is the piece that truly solidified him as an accomplished actor, capable of more than just comedy.

The role landed him an Oscar nomination, a Golden Globe, and a BAFTA.

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He went on to act in countless other films and also took on a knack for voice acting.

The accomplished actor also won the Kennedy Center's Mark Twain Prize for humor in 2016.


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