Jeffrey Tambor admits some of his bad behavior but won’t cop to other things he’s accused of in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter in which he goes in depth publicly for the first time about his firing from the Amazon series “Transparent.”
The interview comes six months after the Emmy-winning actor was first accused of sexual misconduct by two transgender women, and three months after he was fired from “Transparent” in February. It also comes just ahead of his return to the small screen in the new season of “Arrested Development,” which arrives on Netflix May 29.
Tambor admits he was hard to work with on the set of “Transparent.” “I drove myself and my castmates crazy,” he tells THR. “Lines got blurred. I was difficult. I was mean. I yelled at Jill [Soloway] — she told me recently she was afraid of me. I yelled at the wonderful [executive producer] Bridget Bedard in front of everybody. I made her cry. And I apologized and everything, but still, I yelled at her. The assistant directors. I was rude to my assistant. I was moody. Sometimes I didn’t talk at all.”
But Tambor denies the most serious allegations. Prompted about accusations by Tambor’s former assistant, Van Barnes, that he watched her sleeping naked, he says the claim is “completely fabricated.” And asked to discuss specific allegations by Barnes such as propositioning and physical touching, Tambor clams up.
“I don’t want to characterize them,” he tells THR. “What I said was that she was a disgruntled assistant. I think that was generous of me. I dispute her account. I did raise my voice at times, I was moody at times, there were times when I was tactless. But as for the other stuff, absolutely not.”
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