Harvey Weinstein’s rapid fall from ruler of Hollywood to NYPD perp walk has been inexhaustibly covered since last October, but apparently Bill Murray has kept himself a little out of the loop on the subject.
In an interview with The Guardian, Murray was asked about comments Weinstein made in 2014, in which the disgraced producer described Murray as a paragon for bad boys.
“Being a Murray-ite is a religion, where you can behave as badly as you want to people, and they still love you,” Weinstein said. “I used to feel guilty about behaving badly, and then I met Bill, and it feels so much better.”
Murray shrugged those comments off, telling The Guardian that he thinks Weinstein was just trying to make a joke. But as for the accusations that destroyed Weinstein’s career and led to charges of rape and other sex crimes being filed in New York City?
“Are you asking for a comment about Harvey Weinstein? I mean, I don’t know exactly what he’s being accused of yet, but I know some of the people involved in that situation, one very sweet person, and it hurts to hear her speak about it. Really, it hurts … I feel the pain about it and the pain is not over.”
For Murray and anyone else who doesn’t know exactly what he’s being accused of, here’s the latest: On May 25, Harvey Weinstein turned himself in to New York police, upon which he was charged rape, a criminal sex act, sex abuse and sexual misconduct for incidents involving two women. He was taken in cuffs to arraignment court, where he surrendered his passport, paid $1 million in bail and was fitted with a monitoring device.
Then, on May 30, Weinstein was indicted by a grand jury on charges of first and three degree rape as well as a first degree criminal sex act. Two days later, three of Weinstein’s accusers filed a class-action lawsuit against him, as well as his brother, Bob, and Weinstein’s former employers. That includes Disney, who owned Weinstein’s previous company, Miramax, at the time.