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Bill Murray tussles with photographer


Carly Simon's brother says Bill Murray is so vain he probably thought the photos were about him. Photographer Peter Simon claims he was shooting pictures of a band performing at a Martha's Vineyard restaurant when the actor grabbed him from behind, spun him around and slammed him against a door.

"He looked like he was ready to strangle me," Simon, 71, told the Boston Globe. "He treated me like the scum of the earth."

The photographer also said he was later seated at a table when Murray, 67, walked up and poured a glass of water on him and his camera.

Police responding to the Wednesday night incident at Lola's in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, said Murray was "visibly upset." The police report noted that Murray claimed Simon was photographing him and "harassing him while he was quietly minding his business."

No charges were filed.

The highlight of the confrontation may well be what the two men said to each other after Murray allegedly pushed Simon up against the door.

"Do you know who I am?" said Simon, referring to his status as a prominent local photographer.

Murray was apparently unimpressed. "Do you know who I am?" he responded.

Simon's blunt answer: No.

"He doesn't look anything like he used to look," the photographer reported.

Source: Focus Features