Actor Jeffrey Tambor, who stars in Amazon’s “Transparent” is now facing two accusations of sexual misconduct, both coming from biological men who are “transitioning” into women.
In the comedy series, Tambor plays a transgender man who revealed his secret to his children late in life. As Breitbart reports, the role has “won him the status of a left-wing sacred cow, two Emmys, and a Golden Globe.”
Tambor’s first accuser is a transgender, biological man who lives as a woman named Van Barnes. While working as Tambor’s personal assistant, Barnes, who was initially enlisted as a consultant on the Amazon series, wrote in a Facebook post about a former employer.
The Hollywood Reporter writes:
A copy of that Facebook post was obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. In it, Barnes, without directly naming Tambor, vents about an employer who made comments like “I should be sleeping with him if I want a Hollywood industry appropriate pay grade” and “it wouldn’t take long, he pops quick.” She says the employer subjected her to “butt pats,” pornography played at loud volumes, and complaints that she “was useless, could do nothing right.”
Tambor responded, saying, “[I am] aware that a former disgruntled assistant of mine has made a private post implying that I had acted in an improper manner toward her … I adamantly and vehemently reject and deny any and all implication and allegation that I have ever engaged in any improper behavior toward this person or any other person I have ever worked with. I am appalled and distressed by this baseless allegation.”
The second accuser is actor Trace Lysette, who alleges that Tabor was inappropriate during a scene. While playing a yoga teacher/stripper, Lysette’s scene with Tambor was considered an iconic moment in the series, but Lysette has a different take (see her statement on Twitter below).
Lysette dressed for the role in a “salmon-colored lingerie top and matching short-shorts,” prompting Tambor to reportedly remark: “My God, Trace. I want to attack you sexually.” The account is corroborated by Alexandra Billings, the third actor in the scene who also heard the remark.
Later, while the scene was being set up, Tambor’s attention turned physical.
“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,” Lysette claims.
Lysette claims to have pushed Tambor away and “rolled my eyes,” but says there were no witnesses.
— Trace Lysette (@tracelysette) November 17, 2017
Tambor also issued a statement, denying Lysette’s claims:
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. 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.
“Transparent” was created by Jill Soloway for Amazon Studios. The series’ fourth season premiered on Sep. 22, 2017, and has already been renewed for season five. But now, with Amazon investigating the allegations of sexual misconduct, the future of the series is unknown.
His scene with Tambor was considered iconic in the series, but now Lysette claims Tambor behaved inappropriately during the filming. https://t.co/nBnt1PLUtl
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) November 17, 2017
‘Transparent’ star Trace Lysette claims Jeffrey Tambor harassed her: ‘It got physical’
Lysette, who plays a yoga instructor on the Amazon show ‘Transparent,’ is the second to allege sexual misconduct by Jeffrey Tambor.https://t.co/AKKL1212ke
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