Emmy winner, Jeffrey Tambor, announced that he is leaving “Transparent” amid accusations of sexual harassment.
The actor said in a statement that he was leaving the awarded Amazon drama series, which he has starred on for four seasons.
Tambor said in a statement, “playing Maura Pfefferman on “Transparent” has been one of the greatest privileges and creative experiences of my life. 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. Given the politicized atmosphere that seems to have afflicted our set, I don’t see how I can return to “Transparent.”
The “Arrested Development” actor was accused of misconduct by “Transparent” co-star Trace Lysette and a former assistant.
“Jeffrey has made many sexual advances and comments at me, but one time it got physical,” Lysette claimed. “My back was against the wall in a corner as Jeffrey approached me. 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 and I pushed him off of me. Again, I laughed it off and rolled my eyes. I had a job to do and I had to do it with Jeffrey, the lead of our show,” said the actress.
The Golden Globe winner vehemently denied sexual harassment allegations made by Lysette. “I am deeply sorry if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone as being sexually aggressive or if I ever offended or hurt anyone. But the fact is, for all my flaws, I am not a predator and the idea that someone might see me in that way is more distressing than I can express.”
Previously, Tambor also denied accusations made by a former assistant Van Barnes, who shared on Facebook that the star was inappropriate.
“I adamantly and vehemently reject and deny any and all implication and allegation that I have ever engaged in any improper behavior toward this person or any other person I have ever worked with. I am appalled and distressed by this baseless allegation,” said the actor in a statement.
The show’s creator Jill Soloway has yet to address Tambor’s sudden departure.
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