Some would say that Bill Murray, who recently had drinks with Anthony Bourdain and had his own Christmas special on Netflix, is generally understood to be a one helluva cool guy. But it seems like the beloved actor may have been channeling one of his rather unfriendly characters during a recent incident in which he reportedly grabbed fans' cellphones... and tossed them off a restaurant rooftop.
As detailed in a report by The Hollywood Reporter, Murray apparently caught the fans taking photos of him at the Vesuvio restaurant in Carmel, CA, and ultimately, reacted by throwing two of the phones off the second story rooftop. Authorities from the Carmel Police Department responded to the incident around 10:30 that night, February 11th, but he had since left the restaurant. Additionally, the owner of the restaurant told TMZ Murray wasn't drinking that night. And while exactly what unfolded is still unclear, Murray took full responsibility and offered to pay for the damaged phones, according to the report.
"Mr. Murray admitted to being present and was willing to pay for the damaged property," said Carmel Police Cmdr. Paul Tomasi in an email to the publication. "This was handled as a civil matter between Mr. Murray and our victims... None of the victims wanted to press charges. They just wanted their phones replaced. This was handled as a civil matter between Mr. Murray and our victims."
Well, as Murray once said, "People say I'm difficult and sometimes that's a badge of honor."
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Tony Merevick is Cities News Editor at Thrillist and will always be a Bill Murray fan, forever. Send news tips to firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @tonymerevick.