“I feel like some of those stories are private," she said. "But I will say, when we started to rehearse this scene, which was all of us in the agency, we had taken the weekend to rework that particular scene and Bill Murray was not able to come because he had to attend some family gathering.”
“So it was everyone else, and we just made the scene more fluid. I wish I had more to do with it but I didn’t, because I was the last one cast and I probably had the least amount of privilege in terms of creatively participating at that time,” Liu revealed.
She continued, “As we’re doing the scene, Bill starts to sort of hurl insults, and 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.’ I couldn’t believe that [the comments] could be towards me, because what do I have to do with anything majorly important at that time?"
"I literally do the look around my shoulder thing, like, who is he talking to behind me? I say, ‘I’m so sorry. Are you talking to me?’" she said, adding: "And clearly he was, because then it started to become a one-on-one communication.”
Liu also explained that the language Murray had used against her was “inexcusable and unacceptable, and I was not going to just sit there and take it.”
“So, yes, I stood up for myself, and I don’t regret it,” she admitted. “Because no matter how low on the totem pole you may be or wherever you came from, there’s no need to condescend or to put other people down. And I would not stand down, and nor should I have.”
And apparently, Liu wasn't the only one who witnessed Murray's apparent verbal abuse on set. The Why Women Kill star went on to recall moments, years after the incident, where she bumped into several crew members from the Charlie's Angels set while working on a different project. The crew members thanked her for her past actions, admitting they were "grateful" for how she called out Murray for his poor behaviour.
“I have nothing against Bill Murray at all. I’ve seen him since then at a SNL reunion, and he came up to me and was perfectly nice. But I’m not going to sit there and be attacked,” she said.
She continued: “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,”
“Because in the end, we all end up in the same place as time goes on. Nobody is immortal. But in that time, 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.”