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A photographer says actor and comedian Bill Murray assaulted him on Wednesday night while he was taking photos of a band at a restaurant on Martha's Vineyard.
Peter Simon, the brother of singer Carly Simon, said he was on assignment for The Martha's Vineyard Times to take pictures of The Marotta Brothers Band and the crowd during their show at Lola's seafood restaurant in Oak Bluffs.
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Simon told the Boston Globe that he had snapped a few photos and stepped to the side to check out the pictures when Murray grabbed him by the back of the shirt and slammed him against a door.
Simon said Murray cursed and threatened to throw him out of the restaurant and cause him bodily harm. The photographer said Murray thought he was secretly trying to snap pictures of him, but denied that's what he was doing.
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'He looked like he was ready to strangle me,' Simon told the outlet, saying that he initially didn't realize the man attacking him was Murray.
'He doesn't look anything like he used to look.'
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Simon said after Murray let him go, he continued taking photos of the band. According to Simon, Murray approached him again and poured a glass of water on him and his camera.
'He treated me like the scum of the earth,' he said.
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According to a police report, Murray told officers that Simon was 'taking pictures of him and harassing him while he was quietly minding his business'. The responding officer noted that Murray looked 'visibly upset'.
Katherine Domitrovich, the owner of Lola's backed Murray's claim, telling the Boston Globe that Simon was not allowed to take pictures of diners in the restaurant 'and was...
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