“Appearing on the same stage where months earlier Dustin Hoffman faced repeated questions about alleged sexual harassment, Bill Murray praised the actor as a ‘really decent person,'” the AP reports.
Murray, speaking Wednesday night at Manhattan’s 92nd Street Y, is quoted saying: “Dustin Hoffman is a great man. He’s crazy, a ‘Borscht Belt’ flirt, has been his whole life. [But] he’s a really sweet man.”
The report notes that the former “Saturday Night Live” star was interviewing his former agent, Michael Ovitz, whose memoir has just been published. Murray and Hoffman were Ovitz clients when they worked together in the 1982 movie “Tootsie.”
“During an event last December at the Y, Hoffman was chastised by interviewer John Oliver over allegations he had groped an intern while making a TV movie of ‘Death of a Salesman’ in the 1980s,” the report notes. “Hoffman denied any wrongdoing and said Oliver was making ‘an incredible assumption’ about him.”
The AP report adds: “Ovitz himself has praised the #MeToo movement, while also speaking warmly of the ousted CBS chairman and CEO Les Moonves, a former client. In his memoir, ‘Who is Michael Ovitz?’ the former head of the Creative Artists Agency writes that ‘a reckoning has come’ and calls it ‘absolutely necessary and long overdue.’”