Jeffrey Tambor’s “Transparent” co-star has accused the actor of sexual harassment.
Trace Lysette, who plays transgender yoga instructor Shea on the Amazon show, claims that Tambor “got physical” with her on the set of the show.
“One day on set during Season 2, Jeffrey, Alexandra Billings and I were all outfitted in pajamas. I was in a flimsy top and matching short shorts. Upon seeing my in my costume, Jeffrey sexualized me with an over the top comment. Alexandra and I laughed it off because it was so absurd and we thought surely it had to be a bad joke. I shook it off. Then later, in between takes, I stood in a corner on the set as the crew reset for a wide shot. 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. When they called action, I put that moment in the corner into its own corner of my mind,” Lysette tweeted.
“Compartmentalizing has always been part of my survival took kit, long before I came to Hollywood. It’s s–tty to admit out loud — and I don’t say it to justify what I went through — but given the journey and circumstances of my life, I was used to being treated as a sexual object by men — this one just happened to be famous.”
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She also urged show creator Jill Soloway and Amazon Studios to “remove the problem and let the show go on.”
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“Transparent” writers have reportedly been prepping season 5 without Tambor following the initial sexual harassment accusations, but no action has been taken yet.
Tambor denied being a “predator,” but apologized for his actions.
“For the past four years, I’ve had the huge privilege — and huge responsibility — of playing Maura Pfefferman, a transgender woman, in a show that I know has had an enormous, positive impact on a community that has been too long dismissed and misunderstood. Now I find myself accused of behavior that any civilized person would condemn unreservedly. I know I haven’t always been the easiest person to work with. I can be volatile and ill-tempered, and too often I express my opinions harshly and without tact,” he said in a statement to the Hollywood Reporter.
“But I have never been a predator — ever. 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.”
Lysette’s accusations come shortly after Van Barnes, Tambor’s former assistant, accused him of “inappropriate behavior.”
Tambor also denied those claims.
Amazon Studios did not immediately return a request for comment.
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