Jeffrey Tambor admitted in a report Monday that he was “difficult” and “mean” on the set of Transparent, however continued to disclaim the allegations of sexual harassment that bought him ousted from the critically acclaimed present.
“I drove myself and my castmates crazy,” Tambor informed the Hollywood Reporter, including that he was very passionate in regards to the work, which might typically end in him treating folks on set poorly.
“Lines got blurred. I was difficult. I was mean,” Tambor stated, whereas persevering with to disclaim that he sexually harassed anybody.
In October 2017, only a few weeks after Hollywood’s reckoning with sexual misconduct began after the Harvey Weinstein studies within the New York Times and New Yorker, Van Barnes stated she was sexually harassed by an unnamed actor suspected to be Tambor.
Barnes, who identifies as trans and is Tambor’s former assistant, wrote in a submit that the unidentified man would give her “butt pats,” was “subjected to listening to his porno” whereas she waited in a close-by room, and was sexually propositioned with questions on “taking care of him sexually.”
Barnes additionally accused Tambor of watching her sleep bare — a declare Tambor stated was made-up — on Megyn Kelly Today in early March.
She added that she informed a producer in regards to the alleged habits, however no motion was taken.
In addition to Barnes, Trace Lysette, who labored on Transparent with Tambor because the character Shea, alleged that the actor would make unsolicited advances and typically gave “kisses on the forehead, which was awkward.”
Lysette, who can be trans, stated she chalked this as much as the actor presumably seeing her as a “daughter figure or something,” however issues modified when Tambor allegedly stated, “My god, Trace, I want to attack you sexually,” whereas the 2 had been capturing a breakfast scene.
During the identical setting, Lysette stated Tambor additionally put his toes on high of hers and started thrusting on her hips.
“They were discreet and insidious and creepy,” she stated. “I felt his genitals on me. And I pushed him off.”
In the Hollywood Reporter, Tambor was reticent when requested about particular particulars of the allegations.
“I don’t want to characterize them,” he stated.
Tambor referred to as Barnes a “former disgruntled assistant” in an preliminary assertion in regards to the ordeal, calling her declare a “baseless allegation.”
“I dispute her account,” Tambor informed the paper. “I did raise my voice at times, I was moody at times, there were times when I was tactless. But as for the other stuff, absolutely not.”
Tambor added that he hasn’t spoken with Transparent creator Jill Soloway since February, when the showrunner despatched him a textual content message notifying him that he wouldn’t be returning to the present. The determination was made after an internal investigation into the claims of harassment was performed by Amazon Studios.
The actor made it recognized quickly after that he was “profoundly disappointed” and referred to as the result of the investigation “deeply flawed and biased.”
“It’s not a simple case of did he do it or didn’t he do it,” Soloway informed the Hollywood Reporter. “Nobody said he was a predator — they said he sexually harassed people. He made enemies, and I don’t think he realized he was making enemies. You have to be very, very careful if you’re a person in power, and treat people very appropriately.”
Although Tambor will not seem in Transparent, he might be featured in Netflix’s Arrested Development, when its fifth season debuts on the streaming service on May 29.