Actor Bill Murray got into a physical altercation with photographer Peter Simon on Martha’s Vineyard this past Wednesday evening. Simon alleges that Murray grabbed him from behind and slammed him against a door, and threatened to throw him out of a restaurant.
Simon, who is singer Carly Simon’s brother, has previously photographed acts like Bob Marley, members of The Beatles, The Police, and Led Zeppelin. Recalling the altercation, Simon said, “he looked like he was ready to strangle me,” and claims to not have recognized the notable actor. Simon continued to ask Murray, “Do you know who I am?” Something Simon intended to note that he was a well-respected photographer, to which Murray responded with the same question.
Simon was on assignment for The Martha’s Vineyard Times at Lola’s when Murray attacked him. He was to photograph the band and patrons of the restaurant for a weekly feature. However, Murray’s account of the incident to the police was a bit different, and that Simon was instead taking photos of him and harassing him while he was dining at the establishment.
The restaurant owner, Katherine Domitrovich, backed up Murray’s account of the incident, and told the police Simon “had no business at the restaurant and was generally annoying.”
While no charges have been filed, Simon is seeking an apology from both Murray and Domitrovich.
What do you think of the incident? Who do you believe? While I hope this isn't the case, with Domitrovich siding with Murray, it makes me question if Simon was acting as a paparazzi in this situation, and was really in the wrong.
Lead Image by Charlie Llewellin used under Creative Commons.