The details of an alleged altercation between Lucy Liu and Billy Murray on the set of 2000’s Charlie’s Angels has been the stuff of Hollywood rumor for a while. That all changed on July 11, 2021, when Shaun O’Banion, a former production assistant on the film, tweeted about what he reportedly saw on set – Murray calling Liu a “TV actress” in front of the entire cast and crew.
With the story now-viral once again, Liu made an appearance on The Los Angeles Times’ Asian Enough podcast a few weeks later and finally opened up about what went down. According to Liu, Murray missed a cast rehearsal due to a family gathering then came back to the set hurling insults. “I won’t get into the specifics, but it kept going on and on. I was, like, ‘Wow, he seems like he’s looking straight at me,'” Liu explained. “I say, ‘I’m so sorry. Are you talking to me?’ And clearly, he was, because then it started to become a one-on-one communication.”
Lucy Liu called Murray’s language “inexcusable and unacceptable” and had no plans just to sit there and take it. “So, yes, I stood up for myself, and I don’t regret it,” she said. “And I would not stand down, and nor should I have.” She revealed that some of the Charlie’s Angels crew members that she worked with again would come up to her – “years later, maybe even decades later” – and express their gratitude for what she did that day.
The Kill Bill actor states that she has “nothing against Bill Murray at all” and they crossed paths again at the Saturday Night Live reunion where he was “perfectly nice,” but she hoped the incident that took place over 20 years ago shows her true character. “I don’t want to be that person that is not going to speak up for myself and stand by the only thing that I have, which is my dignity and self-respect,” she revealed. “No matter what happens between now and whatever career choices I make or whatever life decisions I make, I will walk away with my dignity.”
Another issue that Lucy Liu had to deal with regarding the incident is sadly, classic Hollywood. “I remember after that time, what came out in the press was that I was this and I was that,” she said. “It was incredible to me how it was turned around and they automatically thought that the woman was the difficult one.” And it’s something she’ll never forget. “So even though it’s been decades, it’s something that obviously I remember very intimately and have not forgotten,” she said.
At the time of this writing, neither Bill Murray nor his representatives have returned requests for comment.