Bill Murray defends Dustin Hoffman over harassment allegations: 'He's a rea

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Bill Murray, left, called fellow actor Dustin Hoffman, right, a "really decent person."  (AP)

Bill Murray praised his friend and fellow actor Dustin Hoffman calling him a "really decent person" after Hoffman faced sexual harassment allegations earlier this year.

Taking the stage at Manhattan's 92nd Street Y, where Hoffman faced repeated questions about his alleged behavior in December, Murray defended his friend.

"Dustin Hoffman is a great man," Murray said 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 of "Death of a Salesman" in the 1980s. Hoffman denied any wrongdoing and said Oliver was making "an incredible assumption" about him.

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."

He recalls suspending an agent at CAA for harassing an assistant but also acknowledges that with his clients, some of whom he had heard were "treating younger women as sexual objects," his focus was "frankly on our business rather on social justice."

"I deeply regret that," he writes.

During a recent interview with CNBC, Ovitz said he felt "horrible" for Moonves, who resigned earlier this month after numerous women accused the long-time television executive of sexual misconduct.

Ovitz called Moonves "the most terrific guy" and said he was "always a class act."

"I had no idea of any of these issues," Ovitz told CNBC. "Still, I'm not sure I quite understand it all."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

You can find Sasha Savitsky on Twitter @SashaFB.

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