“Facing two accusations of sexual harassment by members of the ‘Transparent’ team that he has strongly denied, Jeffrey Tambor today [Sunday, Nov. 19] has decided not to return to the Amazon series,” writes Dominic Patten at Deadline.com.
The story says that Tambor told Deadline, “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. Given the politicized atmosphere that seems to have afflicted our set, I don’t see how I can return to ‘Transparent.’”
Writes Joanna Robinson at the Vanity Fair Hollywood website, “Late last week, Tambor’s ‘Transparent’ co-star Trace Lysette added her claim of the actor’s inappropriate language and physical contact to the original accusations from Tambor’s personal assistant, Van Barnes.”
As TVWeek previously reported, Amazon started an investigation into the Van Barnes allegations, “but before the results of that investigation could be made public, Tambor resigned from the ‘Transparent’ role that won him a Golden Globe and two Emmy Awards,” Vanity Fair reports.
The Vanity Fair story adds: “Lysette claims that in Season 2, while filming a bonding scene between their characters, Tambor made lascivious remarks toward her when she emerged from wardrobe. ‘My God, Trace. I want to attack you sexually,’ Lysette recalls him saying. Alexandra Billings, the third [person] in the scene, corroborated Lysette’s account. Lysette also recounted Tambor intimidating her physically: ‘He came in close, 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.’
“In an earlier, private Facebook post that subsequently went viral, Barnes claimed an unnamed employer told her ‘I should be sleeping with him if I want a Hollywood industry appropriate pay.’ In addition, she said her employer would pat her on the bottom, play pornography at loud volumes, and call her ‘useless.’ Amazon launched its investigation into Tambor after the Barnes post was widely re-posted online.”
Jeffrey Tambor in an interview on the “Today” show in 2015