Harassment allegations against the star are coming from a co-star and former assistant.
As Hollywood continues to be rocked by sexual harassment allegations, star Jeffrey Tambor has decided to quit the Amazon series “Transparent.”
This news comes after a former assistant and a co-star accused Tambor of misconduct. The 73-year-old says making the series was one the best experiences of his career.
“Playing Maura Pfefferman on Transparent has been one of the greatest privileges and creative experiences of my life,” Tambor said in a statement to Deadline. “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,” he added, “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.”
Van Barnes, Tambor’s former assistant came forward earlier this month with serious allegations. That coupled with Transparent co-star Trace Lysette’s assertions caused Amazon to launch an investigation.
The actor says both women’s claims are false.
“I haven’t always been the easiest person to work with… I have never been a predator—ever.”
This brings into question the future of the show, its creator Jill Soloway contemplating killing of Tambor’s character.
But Lysette wants the series to continue no matter what, saying on Twitter she hopes they,”re-center the other trans characters in this show with the family members instead of just pulling [the show.] Let our brilliant writers continue to craft something that is entertaining and creates a social change the way they know how. Don’t let the trans community suffer for the actions of one cis male actor.”