Accused of harassment, Jeffrey Tambor reportedly quits 'Transparent'

Lawrence Kim
November 20, 2017

It won Emmys and seemed a flawless fit for a burgeoning civil rights movement.

In response to Lysette's claim, Tambor admitted that he can be "volatile and ill-tempered" to work with, but denied being a "predator".

Jeffrey Tambor is quitting the show "Transparent" - which he starred in as the lead role for years - after sexual harassment allegations were made against him. But I have never been a predator - ever.

Less than a day after those claims by Lysette, Transparent writer and producer Our Lady J became the first and only member of the series to publicly back both accusers.

Lysette told The Hollywood Reporter that when she arrived on set in full costume for the "yas queen" scene, Tambor said, "My God, Trace".

She continued: "I'm sure I'll have more to say, but this is as much as I can get out in this very emotional moment". 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", she wrote.

Maura Pfefferman's journey has come to a premature end. She also cited her admiration for what the show has done for trans actors as a reason she hesitated to speak out.

Lysette urged Amazon in her statement to "remove the problem and let the show go on".

Although they were in plain sight of other coworkers, no one witnessed the incident. GLAAD stands with Trace in her hope that the inappropriate situations she and others endured on set will be remedied, and that future seasons will focus on more of the many brilliant characters that audiences love and care about.

Amazon has yet to comment on the fate of Transparent and whether or not it is willing to let production continue with Tambor off the show. Our Lady J, one of the writers on the show, reposted Lysette's statement and said, "We can not let trans content be taken down by a single cis man".

Transparent writers had already begun working on the forthcoming fifth season, set to premiere in late 2018, when Barnes' allegation surfaced on November 8, and Soloway is now said to be open to figuring out a way to plot out Tambor's main character, Maura Pfefferman.

Although the show's concept - and its title - are based on Tambor's transgender mom, insiders said that the claims made by Van Barnes, who is also transgender, may have made his position untenable.

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 has been accused of sexual misconduct by two women, prompting Amazon to launch an internal investigation. "I saw him break her down".

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