‘He looked like he was ready to strangle me’: Photographer accuses Bill Murray of slamming him against a door and pouring a drink on his camera during scuffle at a Martha’s Vineyard restaurant
- Bill Murray is accused of slamming a photographer against a door and pouring water on his camera at a restaurant on Martha’s Vineyard
- Peter Simon said he was on assignment to take photos of The Marotta Brothers Band at Lola’s in Oak Bluffs when Murray cursed at him and attacked him
- Murray told police that Simon was trying to take his photo, but Simon denied it saying the band invited him to take pictures of their show
- Simon said he is considering filing a criminal complaint against Murray for disorderly conduct charges and wants an apology
- The owner of Lola’s said Simon, the brother of singer Carly Simon, was ‘generally annoying’ and has been banned from the restaurant
A photographer says actor and comedian Bill Murray assaulted him on Wednesday night while he was taking photos of a band at a restaurant on Martha’s Vineyard.
Peter Simon, the brother of singer Carly Simon, said he was on assignment for The Martha’s Vineyard Times to take pictures of The Marotta Brothers Band and the crowd during their show at Lola’s seafood restaurant in Oak Bluffs.
Simon told the Boston Globe that he had snapped a few photos and stepped to the side to check out the pictures when Murray grabbed him by the back of the shirt and slammed him against a door.
Simon said Murray cursed and threatened to throw him out of the restaurant and cause him bodily harm. The photographer said Murray thought he was secretly trying to snap pictures of him, but denied that’s what he was doing.
‘He looked like he was ready to strangle me,’ Simon told the outlet, saying that he initially didn’t realize the man attacking him was Murray.
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A photographer said actor Bill Murray slammed him against a door and poured water on his camera because he thought he was trying to snap his picture
Simon said he was on assignment taking pictures of a band performing at a restaurant on Martha’s Vineyard when Murray attacked him. Simon is pictured above at a book signing in December 2013
‘He doesn’t look anything like he used to look.’
Simon said after Murray let him go, he continued taking photos of the band. According to Simon, Murray approached him again and poured a glass of water on him and his camera.
‘He treated me like the scum of the earth,’ he said.
According to a police report, Murray told officers that Simon was ‘taking pictures of him and harassing him while he was quietly minding his business’. The responding officer noted that Murray looked ‘visibly upset’.
Katherine Domitrovich, the owner of Lola’s backed Murray’s claim, telling the Boston Globe that Simon was not allowed to take pictures of diners in the restaurant ‘and was generally annoying’.
She accused Simon of coming to Lola’s to specifically take photos of Murray and not the band after he learned that the actor would be dining there.
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The Marotta Brothers Band drummers Jerry Marotta (second from left) and Rick Marotta (far right) are pictured in a 2017 photo with Bill Murray (far left) and his brother Brian Doyle-Murray
Simon said he was at Lola’s (pictured) photographing a band that was playing when Murray attacked him
Simon and the associate publisher for The Martha’s Vineyard Times denies the claims saying The Marotta Brothers Band invited Simon to the restaurant to photograph them for the magazine’s Vineyard Scene section.
‘I’m not a paparazzi-type photographer. I’m just not,’ Simon fumed, calling Domitrovich’s claims a ‘complete lie’.
However, police banned Simon from the restaurant after speaking with Domitrovich and said he would be subject to trespassing charges if he ever came back to Lolas’s.
Murray has an aversion to people taking his picture. Last year, the actor infamously screamed and yelled at fans who had paid $150 a ticket to meet him at a VIP-reception following a performance with cellist Jan Vogler at Chicago Symphony Center.
Simon, the brother of You’re So Vain singer Carly Simon, said he’s considering filing a criminal complaint against Murray for disorderly conduct charges
Attendee Sean Kennedy told the Chicago Tribune that Murray yelled at him for taking his photo with his cell phone while he was waiting in the meet-and-greet line. Kennedy also said Murray called a female fan a ‘sour puss’ and kicked her out of a group picture when she asked if her and husband could have their pictures taken with Murray by themselves.
According to TMZ, in 2016 Murray was accused of throwing phones that belonged to three different people when they tried to snap a photo of him at a California rooftop bar.
The trio never pressed charges because Murray said he would replace their phones.
Simon told the Boston Globe he may file a criminal complaint against Murray for disorderly conduct charges and wants an apology from the actor and Domitrovich.
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