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Bill Murray Accosted Photographer on Martha's Vineyard

Bill Murray Accosted Photographer on Martha's Vineyard

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.

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Ken Flanagan's picture

I wasn't there so I don't know, but leave Bill alone.

Felix C's picture

I wasn't there so I do not know, but leave Peter alone.

Hugh Dom's picture

If the resturant owner is siding with the story, saying the photograher "had no business at the restaurant and was generally annoying". Then the case is closed, it was a private property and the photographer had no right to remain there if he was asked to leave.

Todd Boyer's picture

I must have missed the part where the restaurateur asked Simon to leave.

Mr Hogwallop's picture

When you say "do you know who I am" then you've already lost...

michael buehrle's picture

especially to bill.

Kurt Lindner's picture

It's like saying, "what are you going to do about it," when someone is being aggressive. smh

michael buehrle's picture

i could care less who's brother he is. if he was a dick then he is a dick. he is probably used to people drooling over him because of his sister. and then to pull out the biggest dick line "do you know who i am" seals it with me. people in the public eye just want to be left alone most of the time and he was most likely being a dick ( i seem to be using dick an awful lot). since the owner is siding with bill............ya, he was being a dick.

Alexander Petrenko's picture

“Do you know who I am?” to which Murray responded with the same - 2 dicks, in fact.

Mark James's picture

Leave everyone alone. Paparazzi are like the ambulance chasers of photography. There should be a law.

John Dawson's picture

But what about Bob?

Alex Cooke's picture

It's a tragedy that more people don't know that movie.

John Dawson's picture

Agreed. Nobody who sees that movie will ever look at corn on the cob the same way again. :-)

Pedro Oliveira's picture

" Do you know who I am?" To Bill Murray?
Uhn... let think.

Alex Armitage's picture

How can you have that resume of people in your portfolio yet you claim to not know who Bill Murray is? Seems suspicious.

Kurt Lindner's picture

Ok, it sounds crazy, but it is not only possible but likely.
Bill, in person, doesn't look quite as solid as in photos -he drinks like a fish and it shows.

A personal friend, retoucher, once hid all layers of of an unnamed female celebrity and I actually screamed -out loud, I was so startled. Everything is a lie.

Hugh Wolfe's picture

This is filler material for the news media. It doesn’t affect anyone but those involved nor does anyone really care...

Mike Dixon's picture

Doesn't matter which one is true, you don't have a legal right to assault someone just because they're taking photos.

Deleted Account's picture

Everybody breaks the law at times; some people have better reasons than others.

Tony Clark's picture

I read about this a few weeks ago, Simon said Murray looked quite different and didn't recognize him. It seems to me that both had an attitude and turned into a pissing contest. Simon was shooting for a local publication so the owner must have been aware that he'd be there. I'm a Bill Murray fan but everyone has to behave while out in public. We'll see what comes of it.

Deleted Account's picture

"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.”"

Deleted Account's picture

Sam - we all read the article. Quoting from the article, over and over again to different people asking questions isn't adding to the conversation.

Deleted Account's picture

In both cases, each commenter assumed the restaurant owner must have been aware that he'd be there. The restaurant owner said "No". Done.

Deleted Account's picture

It's not done because there are unanswered questions. Quoting from the article, which is all you're doing, isn't adding to the conversation. We've all read the article, so you're just being redundant.

Deleted Account's picture

Why do you care about this, anyway? Maybe it was Bill's fault (I call him Bill...he calls me Sam) ;-) and maybe it was Mr. Simon's fault (I don't really know him). Either way, so?? I'm going to go take a nap.

Deleted Account's picture

I made a comment below, but couldn't help but notice that you kept pasting the same text from the article, so you must have chosen a side on this.

Deleted Account's picture

Yeah. Two (Bill and restaurant owner) against one (photographer). Simple math.

Yin Ze's picture

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.”

Yin Ze's picture

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.”

Idan York's picture

Can someone ELI5 how anti-stalking laws don't apply to the paparazzi?

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