Bill Murray dances with violinist Mira Wang during benefit concert in Rhode Island amid backlash over inappropriate behavior on film sets

  • The 71-year-old Oscar nominee made a rare public appearance to perform spoken word poetry and sing with his quartet, New Worlds
  • In April,  Bill was accused of inappropriate behavior so severe Searchlight Pictures shut down production on Aziz Ansari's film Being Mortal 
  • Murray said of the scandal: 'We have a difference of opinion with a woman I'm working with. I did something I thought was funny and it wasn't taken that way'
  • The charismatic comedy icon has a long history of behaving badly on sets

Oscar nominee Bill Murray danced with his bandmate Mira Wang during their New Worlds concert at the Jane Pickens Theatre & Events Center in Newport, RI on July 26.

The waltz between the 71-year-old comedian and the Chinese violinist is a part of their show, which was captured in Andrew Muscato's film New Worlds: The Cradle of Civilization earlier this year.

Bill performed spoken word poetry and did some singing at the benefit performance for The Redwood Library & Athenaeum where general admission tickets cost $150.

Amid scandal: Oscar nominee Bill Murray danced with his bandmate Mira Wang during their New Worlds concert at the Jane Pickens Theatre & Events Center in Newport, RI on July 26

Amid scandal: Oscar nominee Bill Murray danced with his bandmate Mira Wang during their New Worlds concert at the Jane Pickens Theatre & Events Center in Newport, RI on July 26

Murray, Mira, pianist Vanessa Perez, and cellist Jan Vogler have been a quartet as far back as 2017 - doing a European tour and even releasing an album called New Worlds.

The charismatic comedy icon was eccentrically attired in a boldly-patterned short-sleeve button-up beneath suspenders and a black suit.

It was a rare public sighting for Bill, who was accused of inappropriate behavior so severe Searchlight Pictures shut down production on Aziz Ansari's film Being Mortal back in April.

When CNBC asked Murray about the scandal on April 30, he replied: 'We have a difference of opinion with a woman I'm working with. I did something I thought was funny and it wasn't taken that way.'

Taking a spin! The waltz between the 71-year-old comedian and the Chinese violinist is a part of their show
The show was captured in Andrew Muscato's film New Worlds: The Cradle of Civilization earlier this year

Taking a spin! The waltz between the 71-year-old comedian and the Chinese violinist is a part of their show, which was captured in Andrew Muscato's film New Worlds: The Cradle of Civilization earlier this year

Charity: Bill performed spoken word poetry and did some singing at the benefit performance for The Redwood Library & Athenaeum where general admission tickets cost $150

Charity: Bill performed spoken word poetry and did some singing at the benefit performance for The Redwood Library & Athenaeum where general admission tickets cost $150

Band: Murray, Mira, pianist Vanessa Perez (2-R), and cellist Jan Vogler (R) have been a quartet as far back as 2017 - doing a European tour and even releasing an album called New Worlds

Band: Murray, Mira, pianist Vanessa Perez (2-R), and cellist Jan Vogler (R) have been a quartet as far back as 2017 - doing a European tour and even releasing an album called New Worlds

Not afraid of color: The charismatic comedy icon was eccentrically attired in a boldly-patterned short-sleeve button-up beneath suspenders and a black suit

Not afraid of color: The charismatic comedy icon was eccentrically attired in a boldly-patterned short-sleeve button-up beneath suspenders and a black suit

Backlash: It was a rare public sighting for Bill, who was accused of inappropriate behavior so severe Searchlight Pictures shut down production on Aziz Ansari's film Being Mortal back in April

Backlash: It was a rare public sighting for Bill, who was accused of inappropriate behavior so severe Searchlight Pictures shut down production on Aziz Ansari's film Being Mortal back in April

'I think we're going to make peace and I'm very optimistic about that,' the Illinois-born father-of-six said.

'As of now, we're talking. We're trying to make peace with one another. I think that's where the real issue is between our peace. We're both professionals, we like each others' work, we like each other, I think, and if we can't really get along and trust each other there's no point in going further working together or making the movie as well.'

Bill said he's 'learned more in the last year or two then I may have learned in a whole decade of my life' and it's 'important for me to figure it out.'

'The world's different than it was when I was a little kid, you know. What I always thought was funny as a little kid isn't the same as what's funny now. Things change and the times change. So it's important for me to figure it out,' Murray continued.

When CNBC asked Murray about the scandal on April 30, he replied: 'We have a difference of opinion with a woman I'm working with. I did something I thought was funny and it wasn't taken that way'

When CNBC asked Murray about the scandal on April 30, he replied: 'We have a difference of opinion with a woman I'm working with. I did something I thought was funny and it wasn't taken that way' 

'I think we're going to make peace': The Illinois-born father-of-six said he's 'learned more in the last year or two then I may have learned in a whole decade of my life' and it's 'important for me to figure it out'

'I think we're going to make peace': The Illinois-born father-of-six said he's 'learned more in the last year or two then I may have learned in a whole decade of my life' and it's 'important for me to figure it out'

He added: 'The world's different than it was when I was a little kid, you know. What I always thought was funny as a little kid isn't the same as what's funny now. Things change and the times change' (Being Mortal book cover pictured)

He added: 'The world's different than it was when I was a little kid, you know. What I always thought was funny as a little kid isn't the same as what's funny now. Things change and the times change' (Being Mortal book cover pictured)

'I think it's a sad dog that can't learn anymore. That's a really sad puppy that can't learn anymore. I don't want to be that sad dog and I have no intention of it. What would make me the happiest would be to put my boots on and for both of us to go back into work and be able to trust each other and work at the work that we've both spent a lot of time developing the skill of.'

The Now actor has a long history of behaving badly on sets - including with Lucy Liu and director McG in Charlie's Angels, Chevy Chase in SNL, Richard Dreyfuss and producer Laura Ziskin in What About Bob, and director Harold Ramis in Groundhog Day.

Last year, Liu told the Asian Enough podcast that Bill 'hurled insults' in 'language that was inexcusable and unacceptable' while 'looking straight at me' back in 2000.

Meanwhile, Dreyfuss claimed Murray 'threw a modern glass-blown ashtray at his face' in 1991 and missed, which prompted Touchstone Pictures to hire bodyguards to make sure nothing else happened.

Pattern: Bill (L, pictured in 1978) has a long history of behaving badly on sets - including with Lucy Liu and director McG in Charlie's Angels, Chevy Chase (R) in SNL, Richard Dreyfuss and producer Laura Ziskin in What About Bob, and director Harold Ramis in Groundhog Day

Pattern: Bill (L, pictured in 1978) has a long history of behaving badly on sets - including with Lucy Liu and director McG in Charlie's Angels, Chevy Chase (R) in SNL, Richard Dreyfuss and producer Laura Ziskin in What About Bob, and director Harold Ramis in Groundhog Day

Slurs: Last year, Liu (R, pictured in 2000) told the Asian Enough podcast that Murray 'hurled insults' in 'language that was inexcusable and unacceptable' while 'looking straight at me'

Slurs: Last year, Liu (R, pictured in 2000) told the Asian Enough podcast that Murray 'hurled insults' in 'language that was inexcusable and unacceptable' while 'looking straight at me'

Belligerent: Dreyfuss (L, pictured in 1991) claimed The Now actor 'threw an ashtray at his face' and missed, which prompted Touchstone Pictures to hire bodyguards to make sure nothing else happened

Belligerent: Dreyfuss (L, pictured in 1991) claimed The Now actor 'threw an ashtray at his face' and missed, which prompted Touchstone Pictures to hire bodyguards to make sure nothing else happened 

'Stop that!' Bill has a habit of playfully lifting women up to the point he was scolded in 2014 by Graham Norton (L) for nearly dropping British singer Paloma Faith (M) on his talk show

'Stop that!' Bill has a habit of playfully lifting women up to the point he was scolded in 2014 by Graham Norton (L) for nearly dropping British singer Paloma Faith (M) on his talk show

Serious allegations: And in 2008, Murray's late ex-wife #2 Jennifer Butler (R, pictured in 2004) accused him of domestic violence among other malfeasances, which lead to the end of their 11-year marriage

Serious allegations: And in 2008, Murray's late ex-wife #2 Jennifer Butler (R, pictured in 2004) accused him of domestic violence among other malfeasances, which lead to the end of their 11-year marriage

The Ghostbusters: Afterlife star has a habit of playfully lifting women up to the point he was scolded in 2014 by Graham Norton for nearly dropping British singer Paloma Faith on his talk show.

And in 2008, Bill's ex-wife #2 Jennifer Butler accused him of domestic violence among other malfeasances, which lead to the end of their 11-year marriage - according to TMZ.

The Scrooged and Groundhog Day costume designer died, age 57, last year.

Murray has three other upcoming films including his role as The Colonel in Peter Farrelly's Vietnam War dramedy The Greatest Beer Run Ever, which premieres September 30 on Apple TV+.

The real-life story - based on US Marine Corps veteran John 'Chick' Donohue's 2021 memoir - also stars Daytime Emmy winner Zac Efron and Oscar winner Russell Crowe.

Premieres September 30 on Apple TV+! The Ghostbusters: Afterlife star has three other upcoming films including his role as The Colonel in Peter Farrelly's Vietnam War dramedy The Greatest Beer Run Ever (pictured)

Premieres September 30 on Apple TV+! The Ghostbusters: Afterlife star has three other upcoming films including his role as The Colonel in Peter Farrelly's Vietnam War dramedy The Greatest Beer Run Ever (pictured)

Source material: The real-life story - based on US Marine Corps veteran John 'Chick' Donohue's 2021 memoir - also stars Daytime Emmy winner Zac Efron and Oscar winner Russell Crowe

Source material: The real-life story - based on US Marine Corps veteran John 'Chick' Donohue's 2021 memoir - also stars Daytime Emmy winner Zac Efron and Oscar winner Russell Crowe

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Bill Murray dances with violinist Mira Wang during benefit concert in Rhode Island

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