Yet another celebrity has been accused of inappropriate misconduct by multiple women and the star accused, Transparent‘s Jeffrey Tambor, strongly denies all allegations. Though nothing official has been made as of this writing, it seems that Tambor has decided to step away from his starring role on the Amazon series after stating, “Given the politicized atmosphere that seems to have afflicted our set, I don’t see how I can return to Transparent.”
The first allegation of inappropriate behavior lodged at Tambor came via a private Facebook message from Van Barnes, a transgender woman who was Tambor’s personal assistant. The message, sent to studio officials, prompted an investigation. Soon after, Trace Lysette, who is also a transgender woman and Tambor’s co-star, alleged that he pressed his body to hers in an intimate way. Lysette, who is considered a “semi-regular” on the show, also claimed that Tambor made lewd remarks to her. The actress reportedly told Amazon to, “remove the problem and let the show go on.”
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“Playing Maura Pfefferman on Transparent has been one of the greatest privileges and creative experiences of my life,” Tambor said in a statement to Fox News. “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.”
Tambor, 73, has enjoyed a lengthy career starting with small roles on hit shows like Starsky and Hutch, Three’s Company, and The Golden Girls and worked steadily throughout the years on countless television shows and movies up until recently with his work on Arrested Development and Transparent which is in its fourth season. Tambor won two Emmys for his portrayal as the show’s main character, Maura Pfefferman. The actor is also a talented voice-over artist, having lent his talents to several cartoon shows and movies as well as a comedian, famous for his deadpan style of humor. Some of his other notable roles are Tom Manning on the Hellboy series and the Mayor of Whoville in 2000’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas.
Tambor has been adamant that the allegations are due to misunderstandings and claims that he has not engaged in purposeful inappropriate behavior. In a prepared statement, Tambor admitted that sometimes he can be difficult to work with and has a habit of expressing his opinions without tact, but has never been a predator. While nothing has been made clear about Tambor severing ties with the show, there are rumors that the writers of the show have been working around Tambor’s Maura Pfefferman character for the upcoming season fifth season.
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