Jeffrey Tambor Leaves 'Transparent' After Sexual Misconduct Allegations

07 December, 2017, 14:10 | Author: Benny Bass
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After two allegations of sexual harassment were made against star of Transparent Jeffrey Tambor, the actor announced he would not be returning to the Amazon series next season.

Tambor was accused of sexual harassment by his former personal assistant, a trans woman named Van Barnes, in a private Facebook post on November 8. This was based on a statement from Tambor in which decried the current "toxic atmosphere" and the "politicisation" on-set, leading him to say it was "very hard for me to see how I can possibly return".

"Playing Maura Pfefferman on 'Transparent' has been one of the greatest privileges and creative experiences of my life", the Emmy-winning actor said in a statement to Variety. 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. And the show's creator, Jill Soloway, said that they take the accusations against Tambor very seriously, but because of Amazon's ongoing investigation into the matter, they couldn't discuss it further.

In the wake of the allegations, many of those who work on the show feared it would get canceled. In response to the abrupt fallout, Tambor seemed to pull out of the show entirely when he released a terse statement. Since then a second actress, Trace Lysette, has come forward with similar claims.

"We have our own complications on Transparent", she said. (Allegations by many other men have been reported since.) And when a New York Times investigation revealed multiple allegations of sexual misconduct by the comedian Louis C.K., a distributor canceled the premiere of his movie "I Love You, Daddy", and FX and other networks broke ties with him.

Tambor initially responded to the clim about his personal assistant by denying it. I want to attack you sexually'.

She urged Amazon to 'remove the problem and let the show go on'. Amazon is now investigating misconduct allegations against the actor, and results of that effort are not yet known.



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