Jeffery Tambor, the critically-acclaimed star of Amazon’s Transparent, has quit the show after two transgender women accused him of sexual harassment.
Earlier this month, Tambor’s former assistant Van Barnes alleged in a private Facebook post that the Emmy-winning actor repeatedly propositioned her, made lewd comments to her, groped her and threatened to sue her if she disclosed his behavior. Days later, Trace Lysette, an actress who stars on the show, accused Tambor of sexual harassment.
In a statement posted on Twitter, Lysette said that Tambor once approached her between takes, “put his bare feet on top of mine so I could not move, leaned his body against me, and began quick, discreet thrusts back and forth against my body. I felt his penis on my hip through his thin pajamas and I pushed him off of me.”
As Deadline reports, Tambor has denied the allegations, but nevertheless told the publication that he will not be returning to Transparent. “Playing Maura Pfefferman on Transparent has been one of the greatest privileges and creative experiences of my life,” he said. “What has become clear over the past weeks, however, is that this is no longer the job I signed up for four years ago.”
“I’ve already made clear my deep regret if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone as being aggressive, but the idea that I would deliberately harass anyone is simply and utterly untrue,” Tambor added. “Given the politicized atmosphere that seems to have afflicted our set, I don’t see how I can return to Transparent.”
In the wake of the allegations against Tambor, Amazon had launched an investigation into the actor’s behavior. There had reportedly been discussions about writing Tambor’s character, Maura, out of the show.
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