Bill Murray defends Dustin Hoffman over harassment allegations
New York — 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."
"Dustin Hoffman is a great man," Murray said on Wednesday night at Manhattan's 92nd Street Y. "He's crazy, a 'Borscht Belt' flirt, has been his whole life. (But) he's a really sweet man."
Murray 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 film 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, Death of a Salesman in the 1980s. Hoffman denied any wrongdoing and said Oliver was making "an incredible assumption" about him.