Jeffrey Tambor leaves Amazon show 'Transparent' after sexual harassment accusations
Jeffrey Tambor has left the Amazon exclusive show Transparent after being accused of sexual harassment by co-star Trace Lysette.
Lysette alleged Tambor made “sexual advances and comments” and that “one time it got physical”, on Thursday (November 16).
Initially, the 73-year-old American actor issued a statement denying the allegations but admitting he is "not the easiest person to work".
However – following an investigation by Amazon into the claims – he has now sensationally quit the show.
In a statement, on Sunday (November 19), Tambor said: "Playing Maura Pfefferman on Transparent has been one of the greatest privileges and creative experiences of my life.
"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.
"Given the politicised atmosphere that seems to have afflicted our set, I don't see how I can return to Transparent."
Trace Lysette wrote her accusations on social media, saying: “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.”
Tambor is the latest in a slew of allegations made against producers, comedians and actors in recent months.
The most recent of note being Louis CK and Kevin Spacey - who respectively had Netflix show cancellations and movies pulled from release as a result.
Spacey was accused of inappropriate behaviour at the Old Vic Theatre and Louis CK was accused of performing lewd acts in front of women.
Transparent has run with Tambor as the lead for four seasons, where he plays a retired college professor who opens up to his family about always having identified as a woman.Tags: