Actor Bill Murray accosted a photographer at Martha’s Vineyard restaurant

Aug 20, 2018

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Aug 20, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Disagreements between celebrities and photographers aren’t all that uncommon. On Wednesday night, famous actor and comedian Bill Murray got into a dispute with photographer Peter Simon at a Martha’s Vineyard restaurant Lola’s. According to the police report, Murray accosted Simon and he looked furious. And there were some “Do you know who I am?” that emerged during the conflict.

As Boston Globe reports, Simon was on an assignment for The Martha’s Vineyard Times when Murray assaulted him. The photographer claims that Murray grabbed him from behind, turned him and slammed him against the door. He thought that it was a bouncer who reportedly said that “he should throw Simon out of the restaurant and cause him bodily harm.” According to Simon, Murray looked as if he was ready to strangle him.

In an attempt to prove that he is a well-known and respected photographer, Simon asked Murray “Do you know who I am?” But he says that he got the same question in return. Personally, I’d expect something like that. I mean, it’s Bill Murray. However, Simon claims that he didn’t recognize him during the incident because “he doesn’t look anything like he used to look.” It was only when they separated and he saw him dancing that Simon figured out it was Bill Murray he argued with.

According to Simon, the dispute didn’t end there. After the first incident, the photographer went on shooting. While he was seated at the table later during the evening, he claims that the actor poured a glass of water on him and his camera. “He treated me like the scum of the earth,” Simon told Boston Globe.

The police report has a somewhat different story than Peter Simon. Murray told the police that Simon was taking photos of him and was harassing him while he was “quietly minding his business.” According to the report, the actor was “visibly upset.” The owner of the restaurant, Katherine Domitrovich, confirms this in a way. She told the police that Simon “no business photographing anyone in the restaurant and was generally annoying.” Of course, Simon denies this claim, saying that he was covering the gig of The Marotta Brothers Band because they had invited him.

As Boston Globe reports, Simon demands an apology from Murray and Domitrovich, considering that he is “not a paparazzi-type photographer.” But instead, he got a warning that he’ll be charged for trespassing if he comes back to Lola’s, according to the police report.

The police report further reads that a police officer advised Simon that he could press charges for assault and battery at the Edgartown District Court. Reportedly, Simon said that a disorderly conduct charge would be more appropriate. For now, the photographer hasn’t pressed charges, but he says that he hadn’t ruled it out either.

[via Boston Globe; lead image credits: Charlie Llewellin]

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12 responses to “Actor Bill Murray accosted a photographer at Martha’s Vineyard restaurant”

  1. Daniel Shortt Avatar
    Daniel Shortt

    more to the story than the headline

  2. Clarence Hemeon Avatar
    Clarence Hemeon

    While I haven’t read it nor will I as it is click bait, the person taking the picture is probably a sleaze bag and wouldn’t leave the man alone so he can eat his fucking meal.

    1. Dee Stewart Avatar
      Dee Stewart

      That sleezebagad as you call him happens to be Carly Simon’s brother. And if you don’t know who she is google it.

      1. Rick Avatar
        Rick

        It really doesn’t matter who he is or how important he thinks he is or even who he is related to, you don’t take photos of patrons in a restaurant without permission. A restaurant is not a public space and reasonable expectations of privacy exist among the patrons.

      2. Owen Avatar
        Owen

        Well Bill Murray is Brian Doyle-Murphy brother, if you don’t know who that is…….. GOOGLE IT!!. Screw Peter Simon :P

        1. Dee Stewart Avatar
          Dee Stewart

          Duh. And who cares? Shutup troll. That the best u got. Lol. Bill can go take a dive. Bye bye.

  3. David Ar Lester Avatar
    David Ar Lester

    What did the photographer do to him? It’s only 1 side of the story as many so called reporters do (IMO and my experience in this field most lack ethics in reporting and their life.)

  4. Vincent Camy-debat Avatar
    Vincent Camy-debat

    Idk looks like the photographer was taking photos for the band playing in the restaurant. Even the owner told he was annoying taking photos of customers when he had no agreement with the restaurant . I can get why Murray was upset.

  5. Chris Avatar
    Chris

    Bill who?

    1. Cristian Chelaru Avatar
      Cristian Chelaru

      Bill who you will never be!

  6. Eva Duve Creel Avatar
    Eva Duve Creel

    I’ve photographed Bill Murray at an event before and he was an absolute delight. Very generous and never avoided the camera. Even came and chatted for a minute when I wasn’t shooting.

  7. Trino Pam Avatar
    Trino Pam

    Who is Peter Simons??
    What did he do? ?
    That reaction from Bill might have a story non disclosed here.