“Ghostbusters” star Bill Murray was accused of inappropriate behavior on the set of his current movie project “Being Mortal.”
The film’s production company, Searchlight Pictures, shut down the Aziz Ansari helmed flick while they investigated a complaint that was made against Murray last week. Production was temporarily suspended on Monday and completely halted as of Wednesday.
“We know you are all concerned about the recent delays in production and want to give you an update,” the studio wrote in a letter to the crew. “Late last week, we were made aware of a complaint, and we immediately looked into it. After reviewing the circumstances, it has been decided that production cannot continue at this time.”
“We are truly grateful to all of you for everything you’ve put into this project. Our hope is to resume production and are working with Aziz and [producer] Youree [Henley] to figure out that timing. Production will be in touch with you to share details on the wrap, and we will let you know as soon as we have more information to share,” they continued.
The complaint isn’t the first that Murray has received on set, he was accused of being verbally abusive to co-star Lucy Liu on the set of 2000’s “Charlie’s Angels” reboot. “Some of the language was inexcusable and unacceptable, and I was not going to just sit there and take it,” she remarked. “So, yes, I stood up for myself, and I don’t regret it.”
Ansari, 39, was not part of the complaint or investigation, but the controversy tarnishes his first live-action film role since being canceled during the #MeToo era.
The comedian was accused of sexual misconduct in a January 2018 article by a date who claimed she felt coerced into having sexual contact with him, after she willingly went back to his apartment and engaged in consesual relations.